Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Douglas NA-4M Skyhawk
More Than An Attack Aircraft Affectionately known as the "Scooter," the A-4 satisfied the Navy's need for a low-complexity successor to the equality unsophisticated, propeller-driven A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft. Over 3000 A-4s were operated by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and foreign militaries. During this long production run, new avionics and engines transformed the original design into numerous, increasingly capable versions. The final production version, the A-4M, is distinguished by a hump on top of the fuselage that housed mission electronics. The versatile A-4s performed attack missions in Vietnam, and were also used as in-flight tankers, adversary and electronic warfare simulators, jet trainers, and U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration aircraft.
Our Display Aircraft Bureau Number 155049 spent its life at NAS Patuxent River. Built as an A-4F, our Skyhawk first flew on 14 May 1970, after which it was converted into the prototype A-4M and given the special "N" designation to indicate its permanent assignment as a test aircraft. In February 1971, it was transferred to the Naval Air Test Center (NATC)
Primary Mission: Attack
Crew: One Pilot
U.S. Service Timeline (A-4 Series): 1956-2003
Max. Gross Weight: 24,500 lb
Dimensions: 41.3 ft length, 27.5 ft wing span
Propulsion: One Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408 turbojet
Max. Operating Speed: 690 MPH (sea level)
Armament: Two internal 20mm cannons; up to 9000 pounds of bombs, rockets, and missiles
Erected by Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military • War, Vietnam. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1971.
Location. 38° 16.55′ N, 76° 27.747′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Three Notch Road (Maryland Route 235) just north of Buse Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. LTV NA-7A Corsair II (a few steps from this marker); Douglas F-6A (F4D) Skyray (a few steps from this marker); The F9F-8B Cougar (a few steps from this marker); Grumman F-9J Cougar (a few steps from this marker); TA-75A Tow Tractor (a few steps from this marker); Grumman A-6E Intruder (a few steps from this marker); North American T-2C Buckeye (a few steps from this marker); NC-8A Mobile Electric Power Plant (MEPP) (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.