Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

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Douglas A4
Douglas A4.jpg
Type Military aircraft
Author(s) Lewis Magruder, Dean Baunton, Jim Wilson, Andy Ross, Vivian Meazza
--aircraft= a4f, a4, a4-uiuc
Ready Mid-air refueling
Status early-production

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a carrier-capable attack aircraft designed for the United States Navy. The delta wing Skyhawk, powered by a single turbojet, was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company (later McDonnell Douglas and finally Boeing). The initial designation was A4D under the Navy's designation system, and A-4 Skyhawk after 1962.

Aircraft help

1rightarrow.png See A-4F Skyhawk Operations Manual for the main article about this subject.

Shift+C Catapult launch command
Shift+L Carrier launch-bar engage
O / Shift+O Hook up/down
Ctrl+B Toggle airbrakes
Ctrl+K Toggle spoilers
Ctrl+J Deploy drag-chute
Shift+J Jettison drag-chute
J Repack drag-chute

Development status/Issues/Todo


  • Cockpit instruments can be seen through aircraft hull
  • Pilot is not solid
  • Flaps are not solid
  • Flaps are animated, but the shape of the wing does not change when flaps are extended. This means we have 2 flaps, one that is animated and another one that is not animated.
  • Rudder, ailerons and pitch elevator are not animated
  • No cockpit light at night visible
  • No aircraft light available
  • Aircraft has no wheel well area for the landing gear
  • No jetstream visible
  • Nozzle does not change shape when changing thrust - they don't
  • There are no flaps when using reverse thrust - it hasn't got reverse thrust

3D Cockpit

  • No cockpit light at night available
  • No rudder/stick control in 3d cockpit available
  • No rudder control pedals available
  • No switches and levers available
  • No elevator trim control available
  • Brake signal light does not light when pressing the brake key
  • Cockpit instruments look flat, they don't have a 3d look.
  • Cockpit is not textured
  • No pilot present in 3d cockpit
  • Cockpit window has no windscreen wipers


  • Engine sound in cockpit does not differ from outside engine sound
  • Engines can't be turned off
  • No hud available
  • Aircraft is not set on the correct elevation when starting FlightGear (gears are approximately 0.40 meter below the ground)

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