Israeli A-4 Skyhawks

Israel Defence Force (IDF)

Douglas Poster courtesy of Gary Verver;

Flying School Advanced Training Squadron (FSATS or FTS) [Photos]

#102 The Flying Tiger Squadron [Photos]

#109 The Valley Squadron

#110 The Knights Of The North Squadron

#115 The Flying Dragon Squadron

#116 The Flying Wing Squadron [Photos]

#140 The Golden Eagle Squadron

#141 The Battering Ram Squadron, Flying Ibex , Goring Ram, or Goring Deer.

#143 The Smashing Parrot Squadron, Shattering Parrot, or Crushing Parrot.

This page is dedicated to
Israeli Air Force Ayit (Skyhawk) Pilots KIA

Israel was the largest customer for export Skyhawks. A contract for 48 was signed 02 June 1966. The first four (A-4Hs) arrived in Israel by ship at the port of Haifa in 29 December 1967. The Skyhawks were down-graded, some avionics removed, and were re-designated A-4H. They first flew as "Ayits" on 01 January 1986 with #109 Squadron at Ramat David. Side Numbers assigned were 03, 05, 07, and 09. After the number of Skyhawks passed one-hundred; a third number was added to the front of the side numbers. The IDF Ayit (Eagle) became operational in 1968 and was used extensively in combat operations.

1971: "...the Skyhawk had proven to be so successful in Israeli service that it actually blurred the differences between "light" and "heavy" [attack]". Page 30 of "Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units In Combat" by Shlomo Aloni.


AUG 1971: "Crystal" were upgraded A-4E and A-4H aircraft with higher rated engines, improved heads-up display, and improved weapons/navigation systems which brought them to an A-4N standard..


08 DEC 2004: Advanced Israel Air Force A-4 Performs its Inaugural Flight!

Y2004: RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. announced that the first upgraded Israel Air Force (IAF) A-4 "Ayit" had successfully completed its first flight. The A-4 "Ayit" is the IAF's advanced trainer. The upgraded aircraft has new electronics and the upgrade program was to be completed by the third quarter of 2005. 26 A-4N, 4 TA-4H, and 18 TA-4J aircraft were upgraded.


Per Defense Industry Daily 03-Aug-2009 : "storied land-based career with the Israeli Air Force, who used this simple, pilot-friendly aircraft from late 1967 onward as a versatile attack aircraft with surprising air-air teeth"

"The "Ayit" was a much-beloved jet in the Israeli Air Force. The little A-4 agility coupled with an equally surprising ability to take battle damage, made it a popular and reliable choice over several wars. The type was used heavily in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the Israeli fleet took correspondingly heavy loses: of 102 aircraft lost, 53 were Ayits. That war was not without its moments of distinction. In one engagement, an Israeli A-4 Ayit found itself facing 3 MiG-21s. The maneuverable little A-4 turned on them and brought 2 of them down, and was reportedly on the 3rd Fishbed's tail when an IAF Mirage IIIC zipped through and blasted the MiG out of the sky."


Skyhawk Deliveries to Israel:

Updated 11 DEC 2017 (twidget)

Date unknown

02 A-4B Airframes for instructional purposes. They now reside at museums.

DEC 1967-1968

48 A-4H BuNo 155242 thru 155289

1969

34 A-4H BuNo 157395 thru 157428

08 A-4H BuNo 157918 thru 157925

06 TA-4H BuNo 157429 thru 157434/li>

04 TA-4H BuNo 157926 thru 157929

1971-1972

60 Former USA A-4E; BuNo 151189

04 TA-4F Former USA TA-4F

(1972-73)

02 TA-4J BuNo158492 thru 158493 (OCT72)

NOV72-1973

02 TA-4J BuNo 158497 thru 158498 (NOV72)

02 TA-4J BuNo 158502 thru 158503 (FEB73)

18 A-4N BuNo 158726 thru 158743

18 A-4N BuNo 159035 thru 159052

32 A-4E former USA (OCT/NOV73)

14 A-4F former USA (OCT/NOV73

14 A-4N BuNo 159075 thru 159098 (1973-74)

1974

04 TA-4J/H

31 A-4N BuNo 159515 thru 159545

1975

11 TA-4J/H BuNo 159546 thru 159556

1976

26 A-4N BuNo 159799 thru 159824

1992-1994

03 TA-4J BuNo 152853, 15500, 153672, 747, 748, 749. Ex-USA - 7 were rejected.

Total Received = 353

A-4H

155242 155289 48

157395 157428 34

157918 157925 8

TA-4H

157429 157434 6

157926 157929 4

159546 159556 11

159795 159798 4

A-4N

158726 158743 18

159035 159052 18

159075 159098 24

159515 159545 31

159799 159824 26

A-4E/F former USA Skyhawks:

92 A-4E

149664

149968

149971

149973

149978

149979

149986

149987

149995

149998

150003

150010

150015

150016

150025

150026

150031

150039

150042

150060

150065

150066

150082

150087

150091

150092

150117

150120

150124

150125

150134

150138

151027

151028

151040

151056

151066

151072

151079

151084

151086

151098

151100

151120

151121

151129

151137

151147

151148

151156

151163

151164

151169

151184

151187

151189

151190

151987

151989

151994

151996

152006

152007

152013

152014

152017

152019

152023

152030

152031

152032

152033

152035

152037

152044

152050

152058

152059

152062

152064

152078

152079

152083

152089

152090

152097

86 BuNos of 92 received

14 A-4F

OCT73

154178

154188

154191

154195

154212

154990

154997

154998

155007

155008

155040

155043

155058

155065


Total Per Type:

02 A-4B (airframes for teaching aids)

92 A-4E

14 A-4F

90 A-4H

117 A-4N

04 TA-4F

10 TA-4H

24 TA-4J


Skyhawk Loses (100+)

Skyhawk lose article.

29JAN68: A-4H #07, 109 SQ Ya'acov Agassi POW

Skyhawk Losses All Causes

31MAY07: A-4N #401, 102 SQ Pilot survived


Skyhawk Sales (50):

1980: 14 A-4E Sold to Indonesia
1980: 2 TA-4H Sold to Indonesia (BuNo 157429 and 157430)
1981: 1 A-4E Sold to Indonesia BuNo151189 which became TT-0441.
1982: 16 A-4E Sold to Indonesia
2000: 4 A-4N (305, 335, 373) Sold to BAE Systems
2001: 10 A-4N (321, 344, 413, ?) Sold to ATSI in USA
2001: 2 TA-4F (748, 749) Sold to ATSI in USA
(Note: These 3 T-birds were never used by IDF and another listing shows them as TA-4Js #747,748,749.)
2001: 1 TA-4J (251) Sold to ATSI in USA

Skyhawk for Israel, 159805 (c/n 14504, IDF/AF 305) has civilian number N431FS reserved for it.
159815 (c/n 14514, IDF/AF 373) has civilian number N434FS reserved for it.
159823 (c/n 14522, IDF/AF) now has civilian number N264WL reserved for it.


Reported Skyhawk retirements:

10 A-4s to the target range.

IAF Museums; A-4E #885, A-4E #891, A-4F #611, A-4H #222, A-4H #230, A-4H #261, A-4H #270, A-4N #230, A-4N #379, TA-4J #747 and #328 at the Ramat David display.

Retired at Hatzerim

Retired at Hatzerim Pic1

Retired at Hatzerim Pic2

Retired at Hatzerim Pic3

Retired at Hatzerim Pic4

"A number of A-4E/H/N aircraft are currently stored at Ovda Air Base, some planes have been used as electronic warfare support aircraft, others have been sold or leased to contractors like ATAC, and as noted earlier, the “Flying Tigers” of 102 Squadron at Hatzerim Air Base still use their A-4Ns and 2-seat TA-4Js for advanced IAF pilot training."<

13 DEC 2015: IAF retires Skyhawk after 48 years in service. (Yoav Zitun. Published: 12.13.15, Israel News)
DEC 2015:

Final formal retirement of the Skyhawk from IDF.


IN the past, in-service with IAF as front-line a/c:

A-4H Ayit

Y1990=135   Y1995=180   Y2000=180   Y2001=180
Y2002=110   Y2006=39   Y2008=39   Y2010=39

TA-4J Ayit

Y1990=17   Y1995=20   Y2000=18   Y2001=17   Y2002=17
Y2006=16   Y2008=16   Y2010=16   Projected Y2015=16    

TA-4H Ayit

 

Y1990=6   Y1995=10   Y2000=9   Y2001=9   Y2002=9
Y2006=10   Y2008=10   Y2010=10   Projected Y2015=10    

Sources:

PDF on Israeli AHIT

"Boom" Powell

Amos Dor (Flying-Wing Squadron)

Todd Frommelt

REF: Israeli A-4 Skyhawk Units In Combat by Shlomo Aloni. (Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 81) first printed 2009. ISBN 13;978 1 84603 430 5

REF: Skyhawks over Israel by Marco Pennings.

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer