Douglas Skyraider

Overview

Designed and ordered during the Second World War as a dive-bomber/torpedo-carrier, the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider became one of the most successful ground attack aircraft of the Cold War.  The rugged and reliable airframe was loved by its crews, who affectionately nicknamed it the ‘Spad’ after the popular First World War biplane, while its long endurance and immense firepower made it the perfect aircraft for ground-attack work supporting counter-insurgency operations.  Its fifteen exterior ordinance pylons could carry a vast and versatile array of weaponry, as well as freeing internal space for fuel.  Coupled with slower speeds than contemporary jet aircraft, this made the Skyraider a solid, accurate and powerful weapons platform.  This ensured the survival of this propeller-driven aircraft well into the jet age.

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