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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review November 2019 Title Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Author Ian White Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2019 ISBN n/a
Format 144 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £25.00


Arguably the most effective and, possibly, iconic Cold War fighter-bomber, the diminutive A-4 Skyhawk – originally conceived as a nuclear strike platform – saw extensive worldwide combat.

Now it’s the subject of the 121st monograph in Guideline’s popular “Warpaint” series. And author Ian White tells the whole terrific tail and 144 pithy pages – including cover.

Coverage includes design and development notes, initial operations, Vietnam War actions, U.S. squadron summaries, Middle East and Falklands/Malvinas combat, retirement, and civilian service.

Over a dozen militaries flew Skyhawks. And Richard J. Caruana’s superb color profiles – at least 55 in all, with insets – pack potent project inspiration. Caruana’s scale plans also help fact-check your favorite A-4 kit.

Dozens of color and B&W photos further tincture text. Tables recap specifications, variants, carrier air wings and squadrons, deployments, and more. A five-page listing covers Skyhawk kits, decals, and accessories. And a four-page “in detail” section offers close-up shots – inside and out.

Grab this handy handbook.

My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!