Douglas AD (A-1) Skyraider

Fighter Bomber

Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N), Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis, F-AZDP, c/n 7449 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Douglas AD (A-1) Skyraider is a single-engine single-seat fighter bomber produced by the US American manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company. The Skyraider was used as a land-based and carrier-based attack aircraft. The existing variants (AD-4 through AD-7) were redesignated in 1962 in A-1D through A-1J. Skyraider variants include two-and four-seat electronic countermeasures versions, three- and four-seat night attack versions, three-and four-seat airborne early warning versions and two-seat fighter bomber versions.
The Douglas Skyraider was built in seven versions with several variants, starting with the AD-1, then AD-2 and AD-3 with various minor improvements. The AD-4 is powered by a more powerful Wright R-3350-26WA engine, the AD-5 fuselage was significantly widened, allowing side-by-side seating. The AD-6 was basically a AD-4B with improved low-level bombing equipment, and the final production version AD-7 was powered by a Wright R-3350-26WB engine.
Crew1
Propulsion1 Radial Engine
Engine ModelWright R-3350-268 Duplex Cyclone
Engine Power2088 kW2800 hp
Speed515 km/h278 kts
  320 mph
Service Ceiling7.742 m25.400 ft
Range1.448 km782 NM
900 mi.
Empty Weight4.785 kg10.549 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight11.340 kg25.000 lbs
Wing Span15,47 m50 ft 9 in
Wing Area37,2 m400 ft
Length11,84 m38 ft 10 in
Height4,78 m15 ft 8 in
First Flight18.03.1945
Production Statusout of production
Total Production3180
ICAO CodeA1
Data for (Version)Douglas AD-7 (A-1J)
VariantsAD-1, AD-1Q, AD-1U, AD-2, AD-2D, AD-2Q, AD-3, AD-3N, AD-3Q, AD-3QU, AD-3W, AD-4, AD-4B, AD-4L, AD-4N, AD-4NA (A-1D), AD-4NL, AD-4Q, AD-4W, AD-5 (A-1E), AD-5N (A-1G), AD-5Q (EA-1F),

[Photo-ID: 1355] Karsten Palt 2008-08-17
Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N), Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis, F-AZDP, c/n 7449, Karsten Palt, 2008Douglas
A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N)
Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis
Reg.: F-AZDP
c/n: 7449
 
Flugtag Breitscheid 2008 [Breitscheid (EDGB)]
[Photo-ID: 2673] Karsten Palt 2009-09-05
Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N), Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis, F-AZDP, c/n 7449, Karsten Palt, 2009Douglas
A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N)
Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis
Reg.: F-AZDP
c/n: 7449
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2009 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 2674] Karsten Palt 2009-09-05
Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N), Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis, F-AZDP, c/n 7449, Karsten Palt, 2009Douglas
A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N)
Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis
Reg.: F-AZDP
c/n: 7449
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2009 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 13408] Karsten Palt 2016-09-10
Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N), Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis, F-AZDP, c/n 7449, Karsten Palt, 2016Douglas
A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N)
Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis
Reg.: F-AZDP
c/n: 7449
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2016 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 13409] Karsten Palt 2016-09-11
Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N), Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis, F-AZDP, c/n 7449, Karsten Palt, 2016Douglas
A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N)
Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis
Reg.: F-AZDP
c/n: 7449
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2016 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 10808] Karsten Palt 2015-04-04
Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N), French Air Force / Armee de l Air, 126979, c/n 7779, Karsten Palt, 2015Douglas
A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N)
French Air Force / Armee de l Air
Reg.: 126979
c/n: 7779
 
Musee de l Air et de l Espace [Paris Le Bourget]
[Photo-ID: 7258] Karsten Palt 2013-09-06
Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4NA), , F-AZHK, c/n 7802, Karsten Palt, 2013Douglas
A-1D Skyraider (AD-4NA)
Reg.: F-AZHK
c/n: 7802
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2013 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 7378] Karsten Palt 2013-09-07
Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4NA), , F-AZHK, c/n 7802, Karsten Palt, 2013Douglas
A-1D Skyraider (AD-4NA)
Reg.: F-AZHK
c/n: 7802
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2013 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 5311] Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Douglas A-1E Skyraider, United States Air Force (USAF), 52-132649, c/n 9506, Karsten Palt, 2012Douglas
A-1E Skyraider
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 52-132649
c/n: 9506
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 6392] Karsten Palt 2013-02-09
Douglas A-1H Skyraider, , 14-072, c/n 9701, Karsten Palt, 2013Douglas
A-1H Skyraider
Reg.: 14-072
c/n: 9701
 
ex US Navy 134472, ex South Vietnam Air Force
Royal Thai Air Force Museum [Bangkok]
[Photo-ID: 6193] Karsten Palt 2012-06-13
Douglas AD-4W Skyraider, United States Navy, 127922, c/n 7937, Karsten Palt, 2012Douglas
AD-4W Skyraider
United States Navy
Reg.: 127922
c/n: 7937
 
ex Royan Navy AEW.1 WT987, ex Swedish Target Tug SE-EBL
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum [San Diego, CA]
[Photo-ID: 6194] Karsten Palt 2012-06-13
Douglas AD-4W Skyraider, United States Navy, 127922, c/n 7937, Karsten Palt, 2012Douglas
AD-4W Skyraider
United States Navy
Reg.: 127922
c/n: 7937
 
ex Royan Navy AEW.1 WT987, ex Swedish Target Tug SE-EBL
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum [San Diego, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11288] Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Douglas EA-1E Skyraider, United States Navy, 132789, c/n 9385, Karsten Palt, 2015Douglas
EA-1E Skyraider
United States Navy
Reg.: 132789
c/n: 9385
 
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11000] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Douglas EA-1F Skyraider, United States Navy, 135018, c/n 10095, Karsten Palt, 2015Douglas
EA-1F Skyraider
United States Navy
Reg.: 135018
c/n: 10095
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11001] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Douglas EA-1F Skyraider, United States Navy, 135018, c/n 10095, Karsten Palt, 2015Douglas
EA-1F Skyraider
United States Navy
Reg.: 135018
c/n: 10095
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]