VF-126 A-4F merges with an F-14A of VF-111 Sundowners over the Salton Sea.
A-4 Skyhawks were used in DACT to simulate combat against lighter and nimbler subsonic aircraft like the MiG-17 and MiG-19, while F-5s were used to simulate combat against small supersonic aircraft like the MiG-21.
A U.S. Navy TA-4F Skyhawk aircraft, bottom, and an F-14 Tomcat aircraft, both assigned to Fleet Composite Squadron (VC) 13, fly together over the Pacific Ocean, near Southern California, in November of 1987.
VF-143 “Pukin’ Dogs” F-14A chases a T-38A of VF-43 “Challengers” during a DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training) mission.
DACT was introduced in US air combat training after the high number of aircraft/crew losses during the early years of the Vietnam war.