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AD-5 Skyraider

AD-5 Skyraider

The Skyraider was designed during World War II to meet United States Navy requirements for a carrier-based, single-seat, long-range, high performance dive/torpedo bomber, to follow-on from earlier types such as the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver and Grumman TBF Avenger. Designed by Ed Heinemann of the Douglas Aircraft Company, prototypes first flew on March 18th, 1945. In April 1945, the USN tested the aircraft at the Naval Air Test Center. In December 1946, after a designation change to AD-1, delivery of the first production aircraft was made to Navy Attack Squadron VA-19A.

The Skyraider was the first single-seat torpedo and dive bomber to serve with the Navy; Douglas Aircraft built 3,180 Skyraiders for the Navy. It served well in Korea and outstandingly in Vietnam, seriously raising the question in 1966 of reopening production, which had ended in 1957.

The Air Force acquired its A-1s in 1962 from the Navy for counter-insurgency duty. During the Vietnam War, the Air Force, Navy, and South Vietnamese Air Force flew them in combat. Two Navy Skyraiders even combined to shoot down a Russian built MiG jet fighter. However, the primary mission of the A-1 was close air support for ground troops because of its heavy ordnance load and accuracy—the most accurate bomber of the Vietnam War.



Proceeds from the air show benefit these three museums in Colorado Springs that are dedicated to the education of future generations through the preservation of our nation’s military heritage.

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U.S. Army’s A/DACG
7250 Getting Heights
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916

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