A-4M Skyhawk

Cockpit photos

These photos were taken by Gary Campbell

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The exterior of plane can be viewed at the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association.

The 23 photos directly below were taken by Gary Campbell

Early A-4 Skyhawk Pensacola A-4M The white, plastic covered, paper mounted to the gun site shows many radio frequencies for quick reference.
 
A-4M operational aircraft in final configuration A-4M Looking down with seat and stickgrip removed.  The lower lateral axis of the control stick was connected to cable pulleys inside the consoles.

 

A-4M cockpit aprox 1994 less stick grip and seat A-4M Silver nozzles on the out board of photo are swiveling air outlets.  The yellow knee guards were a good idea.  Weapons selection panel is to the viewers 11 o'clock position.  A-4M gunsight A-4M pilots eye view.  the stick grip has been removed.

 

A-4M Detail of instrument panel which is dominated by the attitude indicator and the weapon guidance screen. A-4M View of gunsight and gear retraction handle to the right, just above console.  A-4M Left side console with seat removed.  That's just my leg you see in the lower left.  The grey wheel just inboard of the throttle is the throttle friction adjuster and lock. A-4M Port side console showing throttle.  Seat has been removed.

 

A-4M Ejection seat less chute pack and 'RISK' survival kit.  Looking down and to the rear.  Black cloth item is the ejection seat face curtain.  Oxygen and G-Suit connections are to the viewers right A-4M Right side console with seat removed. A-4M Right side console with seat removed. A-4M Tail hook actuator and safety pinned canopy release handle.

 

A-4M Starboard side of ecapepac seat. A-4M The square hatch in the backrest is where the man seat bladder used to be before retrofit of rocket powered type. A-4M  Rear of ejection seat. A-4M "Back Rest" is a parachute with Ballistic canopy spreader charge. A-4M  The gray cylinder behind the headrest is the "ear burner" rocket actuated man seat separator.  The hinged yellow handle is usually called the helmet knocker.  Folding it up arms the seat.  the dark rectangular device attached to the belt buckle is a seawater activated chute release. A-4M  This view gives some indication of just how tight the space was.  The ballistic back chute had a pyrotechnic spreader that warranted extreme care.  The yellow handle at the pilots right seat pad deployed the survival kit.  The round hole in the seat pad is to check the oxygen gauge in the survival pack.