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Old 03-24-2020, 11:49 PM
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A-4 Skyhawk vs SA 4050 Vautour

When the Skyhawk arrived to the IAF in late 1967 after the Six day war it was the first American jet fighter to enter IAF service.
The concept was great - a light weight plane with short span not requiring folding wings for carriers operations.
Also with the J52 engine of 4.2 ton it could take a bomb load of almost 4 ton for a short range !
The Vautour was already 9 years in service when the Skyhawk came. The Vautour could carry the same bomb load but had many advantages over the Skyhawk. Two Atar 101E with 3.5 ton each.
Had an internal bay for bombs that allowed him to release bombs in a dive in supersonic speed ! - something the skyhawk couldn't perform and a higher penetration speed at low level when bombing. Since the Vautour had 2 engines it could fly with only one and had a much higher ceiling
of more than 50k feet and therefore some were adapted for photografing mission with special cameras. But the Vautour was a very complex beast and required 15 h of maintainance per 1h flight.
The big advantage of the Skyhawk
was it's ease of maintainance and that US could supply it in big numbers.
As the Vautour prduction ended in 1960 all Israel could master is to grab few from surplus 2nd hand left by the Armee the l'Air .
At the begining of Six day war only 20 remained from the 30 Israel bought in 1957-58.
Israel happent to be the 2nd largest operator of Skyhawks and some 250 served in the IAF.
The Vautour was phased out of service at the begining of 1972 due to the small number left - only a force of 10 which was not economical to operate.
The Vautour is Yoav design
and I enlarged it to 1:48 from 1:50
and added a cockpit to give the model more realisem.

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