Scooter: The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story
Tommy H. Thomason. Manchester, UK: Crécy Publishing, 2011. 276 pp. Illus. Notes. $44.95.
Reviewed by Colonel Robert Hickerson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
Scooter, Tinker Toy, Mighty Midget, Bantam Bomber, and Heinemann’s Hotrod—the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk attracted what is surely a record number of nicknames for such a small aircraft. This plethora of monikers reflects the affection felt by the many pilots who strapped on the little jet (rather than strapped into it) during its successful half-century career in the U.S. naval forces. In fact, the Skyhawk, which enjoyed a production run of 2,960 aircraft, soldiers on today in the air forces of Israel, Singapore, Brazil, and Argentina, 58 years after its first flight in 1954.