Flying the A4 Skyhawk with the Royal Australian Navy

Guest column by Peter (‘Purps’) Greenfield

We were young, full of testosterone and living the dream. The year was 1976 and I was selected to fly the McDonnell Douglas A4-G Skyhawk fighter off the RMAS Melbourne, Australia’s only aircraft carrier.

All of us had flown the CAC Aermacchi MB-326H jet trainer, known affectionately as the ‘Macchi’, and licence-built in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, hence the ‘CAC’ prefix. The Macchi was fast and fun to fly, but as a…

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Suren Ratwatte

Suren Ratwatte

I love airplanes. As an airline captain I flew many including the A380 and Boeing 777. But wish I’d had the opportunity to fly some of these old propliners.