Expression of Interest in Buying “The Skyhawk Years”


The long-anticipated book by Peter Greenfield and David Prest is here, and it is time to order  a copy if you wish to secure one. 

The book is hardback with a dust cover, and measures 250x176mm. It is 216 pages in length, in good quality print.

With first-hand stories from pilots and maintainers, the challenges of operations from one of the world’s smallest aircraft carriers are well explained. Also told are thrilling stories of air combat manoeuvres against fighters from other countries, with the A-4 often surprising more well-credentialled adversaries. 

A string of mishaps ended the embarkation of Skyhawks on the Melbourne in 1980, followed by a period of turmoil which eventually saw the scrapping of RAN fixed wing aviation four years later. However, among the former pilots and maintainers many fond memories of A-4 operations remain alive, and are captured in the pages of this book.

Avonmore Books, the publisher, now has some stock ready to post.  The cost per copy is $49.95 + $9.95 postage for  Australian orders, or $45.41 (GST free) for overseas orders plus $15.00 postage for UK, Canada and the USA or $9.05 for NZ.  (Multi-book postage cost and postage for other countries is available on request). All Royalties will go to the Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum.

Guaranteed to sell fast and become a collector’s item, we strongly recommend you order a copy of this unique book NOW so as not to be disappointed. 

Simply fill out the little form below and click on the ‘Submit’ Button to lodge your interest.  You will then be contacted by the Publisher, Avonmore Books, to confirm your order.  Any questions, email:

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