AVIATION: Heinemann's Hot-Rod

At its El Segundo plant in Los Angeles this week, Douglas Aircraft Co. rolled out its latest attack bomber for the Navy, a jet called the A4D and a member of an unusual new family of U.S. warplanes. The A4D, with stubby, delta wings, is light and uncomplicated,* weighs only 8,300 Ibs. unloaded compared to 11,800 for its predecessor, the AD Skyraider.

Douglas claims that the plane is the smallest and lightest jet combat plane ever built in the U.S. It has a 39-ft.-long fuselage and short, 25-ft., batlike wings, only half the...

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