Palmdale in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
James J. Stegman 1920 - 2009 / A-4C Skyhawk
1920 - 2009
Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Corp.
(Later McDonnell Douglas Corporation)
Number Produced: 2,960
Production Series: USN/USMC: A-4A, B, C, E, F, & M single-seat A/C, TA-4F, J & OA-4M two-seat A/C
Roles: Originally designed as a carrier-based fair-weather light-attack bomber for the US Navy; later developed into a carrier- and land-based all-weather multi-mission aircraft for the US Navy and US Marine Corps, capable of close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, short-range strike, fleet defense, reconnaissance, forward air control, and advanced jet trainer.
(Figures given are for the A-4M model)
Maximum Speed: 700 mph (Mach 0.94)
Service Ceiling: 40,000 feet above sea level
Range: 2,000 miles (unlimited with aerial refueling)
Weapons: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AGM-12 Bullpup, AGM-45 Shrike, Walleye guided bomb, two 20mm MK 12 cannons, various unguided rockets, assorted conventional and nuclear weapons
Length: 40 feet, 4 inches
Wingspan: 27 feet, 6 inches
Height: 15 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 25,500 pounds
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408 turbojet engine providing 11,200 lbs. of thrust
Achievments: Established the 500-KM closed course speed record at 695.163 mph in October
Construction # - 12313
Date Acquired: - March 2001
Acquired From: - USN China Lake, Loan
Displayed: - August 2004
31 March 1959 - BAR M&S - El Segundo, CA
18 January 1960 - BWR RDT&E - El Segundo, CA
21 April 1961 - USNMC RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
27 December 1967 - USNMC R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
10 March 1969 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA and was used as a Research and Development aircraft
03 April 1971 - Relocated to China Lake - was stricken from the inventory on May 10, 1971 and was used as a target.
Date Unknown - Transferred to Ridgecrest Museum
Date Unknown - A/C returned to China Lake after the museum closed
March 2001 - Transferred to Palmdale Airpark and placed on display in 2004.
This Aircraft is dedicated to Major James Stegman.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military. A significant historical date for this entry is January 18, 1960.
Location. 34° 36.171′ N, 118° 5.226′ W. Marker is in Palmdale, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on East Avenue P, on the left when traveling west. Aircraft at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42.Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 East Avenue P, Palmdale CA 93550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-86F-30 (here, next to this marker); B-2 Spirit (here, next to this marker); Stanley P Butchart 1928 - 2008 / C-140 Jetstar (here, next to this marker); A-4AR Cockpit Trainer (within shouting distance of this marker); MK-20 Rockeye Cluster Bomb Unit (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright J65 Turbojet Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101 Voodoo Escort Fighter (within shouting distance of this marker); William J. "Pete" Knight (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palmdale.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.