A-1 SKYRAIDER "THE PROUD AMERICAN"

Specs

General Info

Specific Info

  • Max Speed:  320 mph
  • Cruising Speed:  190 mph
  • Range:  1157 nm
  • Service Ceiling: 32,000 ft
  • Span:  50′ or 23’10” folded
  • Length:  38’10"
  • Height: 19’4"
  • Weight: 11,900 empty

 

Armament

 

4 internal M-3 20mm cannons

15 Hardpoints with many options

 

Each wing of “The Proud American” is loaded with:

 

2 x SUU-14/A CBU dispenser

1 x SUU-14/A CBU dispenser

1 x LAU-3/A Launcher for Nineteen 2.75” FFAR rockets

1x  Mk-47A4 100 lb White Phosphorous bomb

1x LAU-59/A 7 rocket pod

1x 500 lbs Mk-82 Low drag bomb

1x  SUU-11A/A mini-gun pod, with a 7.62 mm Gatling gun

 

Engine

 

Wright R-3350-26WA, 2700 hp

Manufactured by Douglas Aircraft, the first prototype for the Skyraider took to the skies in 1945. It would be the mid-50’s though, during the Korean conflict, before the Skyraider saw front-line service with the US Navy and Marines. This single-seat, prop-driven attack aircraft found its niche carrying 14,500lbs on take-off and delivering its payload with precision, often enduring significant battle damage in the process. Later during the Vietnam conflict, when most other propellered fighters and attack aircraft had been traded in on the latest and greatest jets, the venerable ‘Spad’ with it’s long loiter time, ‘low and slow’ delivery system, and ability to get home despite being in less than one piece carved out yet another niche for itself. Indeed, the Skyraider proved itself to be so good that the USAF added some to their helicopter Search and Rescue missions. It served as the ‘Sandy’ helicopter escort, providing close air support, forward air control, and anything else that required the special brand of support that the Skyraider provided. By the end of 1972, all Skyraiders in the US inventory had been taken out of service. Many went to the South Vietnamese Air Force and later to the French l’Armee de l’Air.

BuNo 126965 is an AD-4NA built in the early-50’s. While with the US Navy it served aboard the USS Kearsarge with VA-115 in 1953, off the coast of Korea. The cease-fire was called before it saw combat action, however the aircraft of VA-115 conducted DMZ patrols for the duration of the cruise. When it returned stateside it was stationed with FASRON 8 at Alameda before transitioning to FAETULANT in Norfolk, VA from November 1954 until August 1955. She ultimately entered storage at Litchfield Park in August 1957. She was stricken from the Navy list in July 1958, and left storage for France in March 1960.

 

While with the French l’Armee de l’Air, our Skyraider was based at Chateaudun but served in Algeria in 1962, Djibouti in 1968, Madagascar in 1971, and Chad in 1976. It was sent to storage with Sogerma in September 1979 where it remained until 1983. The Musee de l’Air at Le Buurget acquired the aircraft in 1984, and sold it to a private owner in Belgium in 1985. This aircraft was purchased by Heritage Flight Museum in February of 2004 and very arduously flown, towed, cargoed, towed again, and flown again back to Bellingham from Belgium!

 

Because of HFM’s USAF background, and because the Skyraider was used with great success by the Navy and the Air Force, we chose to ‘dress’ our Skyraider in typical USAF colors thus the reason we refer to it by it’s USAF designation of A-1.

 

 

15053 Crosswind Dr Burlington, WA 98233

 

 

 

  • Specs

    • Max Speed:  320 mph
    • Cruising Speed:  190 mph
    • Range:  1157 nm
    • Service Ceiling: 32,000 ft
    • Span:  50′ or 23’10” folded
    • Length:  38’10"
    • Height: 19’4"
    • Weight: 11,900 empty

     

    Armament

     

    4 internal M-3 20mm cannons

    15 Hardpoints with many options

     

    Each wing of “The Proud American” is loaded with:

     

    2 x SUU-14/A CBU dispenser

    1 x SUU-14/A CBU dispenser

    1 x LAU-3/A Launcher for Nineteen 2.75” FFAR rockets

    1x  Mk-47A4 100 lb White Phosphorous bomb

    1x LAU-59/A 7 rocket pod

    1x 500 lbs Mk-82 Low drag bomb

    1x  SUU-11A/A mini-gun pod, with a 7.62 mm Gatling gun

     

    Engine

     

    Wright R-3350-26WA, 2700 hp

  • General Info

    Manufactured by Douglas Aircraft, the first prototype for the Skyraider took to the skies in 1945. It would be the mid-50’s though, during the Korean conflict, before the Skyraider saw front-line service with the US Navy and Marines. This single-seat, prop-driven attack aircraft found its niche carrying 14,500lbs on take-off and delivering its payload with precision, often enduring significant battle damage in the process. Later during the Vietnam conflict, when most other propellered fighters and attack aircraft had been traded in on the latest and greatest jets, the venerable ‘Spad’ with it’s long loiter time, ‘low and slow’ delivery system, and ability to get home despite being in less than one piece carved out yet another niche for itself. Indeed, the Skyraider proved itself to be so good that the USAF added some to their helicopter Search and Rescue missions. It served as the ‘Sandy’ helicopter escort, providing close air support, forward air control, and anything else that required the special brand of support that the Skyraider provided. By the end of 1972, all Skyraiders in the US inventory had been taken out of service. Many went to the South Vietnamese Air Force and later to the French l’Armee de l’Air.

  • Specific Info

    BuNo 126965 is an AD-4NA built in the early-50’s. While with the US Navy it served aboard the USS Kearsarge with VA-115 in 1953, off the coast of Korea. The cease-fire was called before it saw combat action, however the aircraft of VA-115 conducted DMZ patrols for the duration of the cruise. When it returned stateside it was stationed with FASRON 8 at Alameda before transitioning to FAETULANT in Norfolk, VA from November 1954 until August 1955. She ultimately entered storage at Litchfield Park in August 1957. She was stricken from the Navy list in July 1958, and left storage for France in March 1960.

     

    While with the French l’Armee de l’Air, our Skyraider was based at Chateaudun but served in Algeria in 1962, Djibouti in 1968, Madagascar in 1971, and Chad in 1976. It was sent to storage with Sogerma in September 1979 where it remained until 1983. The Musee de l’Air at Le Buurget acquired the aircraft in 1984, and sold it to a private owner in Belgium in 1985. This aircraft was purchased by Heritage Flight Museum in February of 2004 and very arduously flown, towed, cargoed, towed again, and flown again back to Bellingham from Belgium!

     

    Because of HFM’s USAF background, and because the Skyraider was used with great success by the Navy and the Air Force, we chose to ‘dress’ our Skyraider in typical USAF colors thus the reason we refer to it by it’s USAF designation of A-1.