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Twin-Engine Skyhawk variant.
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:26:47 am »
Anyone seen this twin-engine Skyhawk variant before ? Could it be part of the A-6 or A-7 competitions?

Here's where I found it:

https://m.facebook.com/alabama.slammer.5/photos/a.1580312672221618.1073741828.1580190638900488/1583654455220773/?type=3
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Re: Twin-Engine Skyhawk variant.
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 12:40:54 am »
The Facebook post says its from the SDASM.
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Re: Twin-Engine Skyhawk variant.
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 12:51:10 am »
Here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/49487266@N07/4590423832

Catalog #: 00065426
Manufacturer: Douglas
Notes: Attack/Trainer proposal - John Barter
Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive

Its a Douglas design, but I think its only vaguely A-4 related.

A4D-6 was Douglas' VAL entry which lost to the A-7.

http://www.alternatewars.com/SAC/A4D-6_Skyhawk_SAC_-_1_August_1962.pdf
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Re: Twin-Engine Skyhawk variant.
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 01:01:29 am »
Thanks Paul. I was barking up the wrong tree. You can imagine what flood of images typing only "A-4 Skyhawk" on SDASM's Flickr brought me. Lol
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Re: Twin-Engine Skyhawk variant.
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 01:07:34 am »
Well, its clearly for a Navy attack requirement in the early 1960s.

Perhaps VAX, which preceeded VAL? VAX was more ambitious though.

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The Navy initiated the VAL (light attack aircraft) design competition in 1963 with the objective of finding an aircraft having better conventional weapons capability than the Douglas A-4

Perhaps they initially didn't specify a TF-30? Then later on Douglas reverted to a single engine proposal?
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Re: Twin-Engine Skyhawk variant.
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018, 02:07:59 am »
Here:

"Its a Douglas design, but I think its only vaguely A-4 related."  ???


How could it be more A-4 related?  Whatever requirement it addressed, it's very obviously a scheme to use most of the A-4 airframe (maybe 80%?).  The apparent restriction of changes to the mid and aft fuselage suggest to me that it might have been intended to use remanufactured airframes (like Boeing's T-33-based Skyfox of the 80's).
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