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Circa 1952: Douglas A4D Skyhawk mock-up.
Douglas Aircraft photo


Circa 1952: left side view of the Douglas A4D Skyhawk mock-up.
Douglas Aircraft photo


A-4 Delta Wing Assembly Line.
May 1956 Naval Aviation News.
Note: The production line was moved in 1963 from the El Segundo plant to the Long Beach plant, with final assembly being done at a government-owned plant in Palmdale, CA.


BAR R and D El Segundo A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142083 at Edwards AFB 16 May 1959.

BAR R and D El Segundo A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142083 at Edwards AFB 16 May 1959.


1960: Douglas Assembly Line. close-up left rear view of the tail section of Skyhawk BuNo 147789 as it is being moved along the Douglas assembly line.
Douglas Photo


1960: Tail section of Skyhawk BuNo 147789 as it is being moved along the Douglas assembly line.
Douglas from G. Verver


A-4A Assembly Line: From a Douglas news release dated 27 Feb 1979. Caption reads "Skyhawk Assembly line at McDonnell-Douglas: Pretty sure they are A-4A's as they have the A-4A/B nose and no refueling probe. Although the probe could have been added at a later point in the assembly line, the stars and bars were painted over the refueling probe on the B, not under it. The only production model without the probe was the "A" model. Photo from Gary Verver Collection


Photos below provide by John Tyner
Douglas photo of the A-4 Delta Wing.
Douglas photo of the A-4 Delta Wing. .
Douglas photo of the A-4 Delta Wing.
Douglas photo of the A-4 Delta Wing.
Douglas photo of the A-4 fuselage without engine.
Douglas photo of the A-4 fuselage with engine.

A4D front spar on a Douglas designed special drilling equipment.
A4D front spar on a Douglas designed and built Twist Mill.
Douglas Production Photos
A4D-2 wing tank section sealing and slosh fixture.
A4D-2 wing tank section pressure test rack.
Douglas Production Photos
A4D-2 wing tank section panel on automatic riverter with closed circuit T.V. control.
A4D-2 wing tank section assembly jig.
A4D-2 wing tank panel using Douglas designed and built Vertical Automatic Riverter.
A4D-2 wing spar assembly jig.
A4D-2 wing final assembly line.
A4D-2 wing final assembly.
A4D-2 wing complete main assembly jig.
A4D-2 Wadkins routers rough machining inside pockets of A-4D spar.
A-4D Onsrud Involmill finish machining inside pockets of A-4D front spar.
Douglas A4D-2 forward fuselage final assembly line.
Douglas-plant-Future BuNo 149587 and 149588 in forward fuselage final assembly line.

Douglas production milling.
 

 

 

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