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   Messerschmitt Bf-109
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   Supermarine Spitfire
   Yakovlev Yak-3
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Trainers:
  
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   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
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   Yakovlev Yak-11
   Yakovlev Yak-18
   Yakovlev Yak-52


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   Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

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   Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon / Ventura
   Martin B-26 Marauder
   North American B-25 Mitchell


Transports:
   Beechcraft C-45 (AT-11)

   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (KC-97)
   Curtiss C-46 Commando
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   Douglas C-54 Skymaster

   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
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   Lockheed C-69 Constellation


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   Westland Lysander


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   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
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   Mikoyan MiG-21
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   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
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Douglas A-1 Skyraider

(Variants/Other Names: See History below)



EA-1E (AD-5W) Skyraider N188BP (Bu. No. 135188), owned by Brent Hisey,
is resplendent in its new colors -- those of VAQ-33,
the squadron in which it served in the 1960s.
(Photo courtesy Dr. Brent Hisey).

 

History: The prototype of the Skyraider was first flown on 18 March 1945. Designed as a robust, multi-role attack aircraft for the US Navy, the carrier-based Skyraider was able to carry a wide variety of weapons on its numerous wing hard points. The Skyraider first saw combat in the Korean War, where its long loiter time and heavy load-hauling capability gave it a distinct utility advantage over the jet aircraft of the time.

Various versions were developed over the years; the most numerous types being: AD-1 (Initial production version with 2500hp R-3350 engine); AD-2 (Improved AD-1 with wheel-well covers and increased fuel load, etc.); AD-3 (Redesigned canopy, improved propeller, etc.); AD-4 (2700hp R-3350 engine, further canopy improvements, etc.); AD-4W (3-seat Early Warning version); AD-5 (4-seat multi-role version. Many variants of the AD-5 were capable of carrying up to 12 passengers in the rear fuselage); AD-6 (Single-seat attack version).

During the 1960s, the AD-x designations were changed to A-1D through A-1J. The A-1 series was operated with enormous success during the Vietnam War, where it was used in the Ground Attack, Forward Air Control, and Search and Rescue roles. The AD-6 and AD-7 were used by the French Armee de l'Air in Algeria.

Nicknames: Able Dog; Sandy; Spad; Hobo; Firefly; Zorro; The Big Gun; Old Faithful; Old Miscellaneous; Fat Face (AD-5 version); Guppy (AD-5W version); Q-Bird (AD-1Q/AD-5Q versions); Flying Dumptruck (A-1E); Crazy Water Buffalo (South Vietnamese nickname).

Specifications (AD-7 / A-1J):
        Engine: 2800hp Wright R-3350-26B radial piston engine
        Weight: Empty 10,550 lbs., Max Takeoff 25,000 lbs.
        Wing Span: 50ft. 9in.
        Length: 38ft. 10in.
        Height: 15ft. 8.25in.
        Performance:
            Maximum Speed at 18,000ft: 320mph
            Cruising Speed at 6,000ft: 190mph
            Ceiling: 25,500ft
            Range: 900 miles
        Armament:
            Four 20mm cannon
            8,000lbs of hardpoint-mounted freefall and/or forward-firing weapons

Number Built: 3,180

Number Still Airworthy: Approx. 19

wbapirep2.jpg (2266 bytes) [ AD-5 Skyraider Pilot Report by Budd Davisson ]

Links:
A-1 Skyraider Association and Combat Log
Able Dogs: US Navy and Marine Skyraider Aviators
"Down There Amongst Them: A Spad Pilot's Story"
Skyraider Warbird List
The Spadguys Speak
Swordsmen Skyraider Page

Douglas A-1 Skyraider (Warbird Tech, Vol. 13)
By Larry Davis
Paperback, 104 pages
Published July 2002 by Specialty Press

A layman's technical analysis and review of the Skyraider, including photos, drawings, and excerpts from technical manuals.

Price: $11.87

 

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Douglas AD-4 Skyraider
( Illustration courtesy of Lyle Brown.
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