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   Bell P-39 Airacobra
   Bell P-63 Kingcobra
   Brewster Buffalo
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   Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
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   Hawker Hurricane
   Hawker Sea Fury
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   Messerschmitt Bf-109
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   North American P-51 Mustang

   Polikarpov I-16
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   Supermarine Spitfire
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   Yakovlev Yak-9

Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (C-45)
   Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
   Boeing / Stearman PT-17

   Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel
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   Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
   Hunting / Percival Provost
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   N. Am. T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard
   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
   Ryan PT-22 Recruit

   Scottish Aviation T1 Bulldog
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   Yakovlev Yak-18
   Yakovlev Yak-52

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   Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

   Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
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   Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon / Ventura
   Martin B-26 Marauder
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   Beechcraft C-45 (AT-11)

   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (KC-97)
   Curtiss C-46 Commando
   Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
   Douglas C-54 Skymaster

   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
   Fairchild C-123 Provider
   Grumman C-1 Trader (S-2)
   Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
   Lockheed C-69 Constellation

Utility / Observation / Special Duty:
   Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
   Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper
   Antonov AN-2 Colt
   Auster AOP 6/9
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   Avro Shackleton
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   Consolidated PBY Catalina

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   Grumman HU-16 Albatross
   Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
   Junkers Ju 52/3m

   Lockheed P2V Neptune
   Max Holste M.H.1521 Broussard
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   Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman
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   N. Am./ Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
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   Stinson L-5 Sentinel
   Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
   Westland Lysander

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   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
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   Messerschmitt Me-262
   Mikoyan MiG-15
   Mikoyan MiG-17
   Mikoyan MiG-21
   N. Am. F-86 Sabre / FJ-4 Fury
   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
   Northrop T-38 Talon / F-5
   PZL / WSK TS-11 Iskra
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   Soko G-2A Galeb
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Douglas A-3 Skywarrior

(Variants/Other Names: A3D; E-3A/B; EA-3A; ERA-3B; NA-3B; NRA-3B; RA-3B; TA-3B; VA-3B; KA-3B; EKA-3B)

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History: In the 1949, a whole new class of aircraft carrier was under development by the US Navy: the Forrestal-class "supercarrier." To capitalize on the enormous size and launching capability of these new ships, a huge new attack bomber was developed by Douglas Aircraft. The world's largest and heaviest carrier-borne aircraft when it was designed, the A3D first flew in October 1952, and entered service in 1954. Because of its size, it was quickly christened "The Whale" by its crews. In its vast internal bomb bay it could carry up to 12,000 lbs. of various weapons, and it carried radar for blind bombing.

In 1962 the Whale's designation was changed to A-3. Eventually, the airplane was updated with more powerful engines and an aerial refueling probe.

As time went on, many other uses for the aircraft were developed, resulting in many variants, including the KA-3B (aerial refueling), EA-3A/B (electronic reconnaissance), ERA-3B (electronic countermeasures), RA-3 (photo reconnaissance), TA-3B (radar training), EKA-3B (combined tanker/countermeasures/strike), test work (NA-3B and NRA-3B), and even a VIP transport model (VA-3B).

The Skywarrior saw steady action throughout the Vietnam War, and a few even served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Today, though they have retired from active duty, a few still serve in civilian roles with the California-based Hughes/Raytheon company, where they are used for defense contract work.

Nicknames: Whale; Electric Whale/Queer Whale (A3D-1Q/2Q electronic warfare models); All 3 Dead (A3D) (Due to having no ejection seats).

Specifications (A-3B):
        Engines: Two 10,500-pound thrust Pratt & Whitney J57-P-10 turbojets.
        Weight: Empty 39,409 lbs., Max Takeoff 82,000 lbs.
        Wing Span: 72ft. 6in.
        Length: 76ft. 4in.
        Height: 22ft. 9.5in.
            Maximum Speed: 610 mph at 10,000 ft.
            Cruising Speed: 520 mph
            Ceiling: 41,000 ft.
            Range: 1,050 miles
        Armament: Two 20-mm radar-controlled cannon in rear turret; up to 12,000 pounds of various weapons in internal weapons bay.

Number Built:  280.

Number Still Airworthy:  ~6.

A-3 Skywarrior.com -- The definitive site for A-3 information!



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