AD - 1 Skyraider

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Military History


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The Douglas AD-1 (formerly AD) Skyraider was a U.S. single-seat attack bomber of the late 1940's, 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. The aircraft entered service in December, 1946. The piston-engined, prop-driven Skyraider was a postwar follow-on to World War II dive bombers and torpedo bombers such as the Helldiver and Avenger.

The Skyraider became the backbone of U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and United States Marine Corps (USMC) strike aircraft sorties in the Korean War. Its weapons load and 10-hour flying time far surpassed the jets that were available at the time.

In 1965, the AD-1 Skyraider was still the medium attack aircraft in many carrier air wings, although it was slated to be replaced by the A-6A Intruder as part of the general switch to jet aircraft. Skyraiders participated in the first strikes against North Vietnam before they were replaced. AD-1's were adopted as the primary ground support attack aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) during the Vietnam War, before being supplanted by the jet-powered A-37 Dragonfly in USAF and VNAF and the A-7 Corsair II in US Navy service.

As they were released from Navy service, Skyraiders were introduced into the Vietnam Air Force (VNAF). They were also used by the USAF to perform one of the Skyraider's most famous roles: the "Sandy" helicopter escort on combat search and rescue operations.

The aircraft remained in production until February 18, 1957. The AD-1 Skyraider was replaced in the 1960s by the A-4 Skyhawk as the Navy's primary light attack plane. The Skyraider was retired by the U.S. military in the 1970's.

A total of 3,180 Skyraiders were built.

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AD-1 Skyraider - Constr #: 2085 - BuNo: 09257 (U.S. Navy)

The known history of this aircraft is listed below.

We believe this aircraft to be the oldest standard production Skyraider still flying.

Date Squadron Squadron Name Location
1947 Sep 20 Acceptance   El Segundo, CA
1947 Sep     NAS Norfolk, VA
1947 Oct VA-5B   NAS Norfolk, VA
1948 Apr Pool   NAS Norfolk, VA
1949 Feb OTR   NAS Quonset Point, RI
1949 Nov 14     NAS Quonset Point, RI - Overhaul
1950 Feb 15     NAS Norfolk, VA
1951 Jan 5     NAS Quonset Point, RI
1951 Apr 13     NAS San Diego, CA
1951 Jul 12 VA-115 Arabs USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
1951 Nov 20 VA-55 Topcats NAS San Diego, CA
1952 Mar 20 FASRON 701   NAS Miramar, CA
1952 May 20 VF-54 Hell's Angels NAS Miramar, CA
1952 Aug 15 FASRON 701   NAS Miramar, CA
1952 Oct 2 ATU 301 VA   Cabaniss Field, TX (NOLF)
1953 Mar 31     NAS Corpus Christi, TX
1953 May 7     NAS Alameda, CA
1953 Oct 2     NAS Corpus Christi, TX
1953 Oct 9 ATU 301 VA   Cabaniss Field, TX (NOLF)
1955 Apr 28     NAS Corpus Christi, TX
1955 May 17     NAS Alameda, CA
1956 Oct 13 Stricken from
Inventory
Hrs Flown:        1,750
Total Mos Optg:     41
NAS Norman, OK
....     ....
1982     Civilian Ownership
1997     Restored by Ezell Aviation - Breckenridge, TX
1998 - 2008     Civilian Ownership
2008 Sep     Skyraider Historic Military Aircraft, LLC.
        Maintained and Operated by Warbird
        Heritage Foundation under a Bailment
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