Douglas A-1H 'Skyraider'

  Base model:A-1
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
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  Length: 38' 10" 11.8 m
  Height:15' 8" 4.7 m
  Wingspan: 50' 15.2 m
  Wingarea: 400.3 sq ft 37.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 11,968 lb 5,427 kg
  Gross Weight: 18,106 lb 8,211 kg
  Max Weight: 25,000 lb 11,337 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Wright R-3350-26WA
  Horsepower (each): 2700

  Range: 1,316 miles 2,119 km
  Cruise Speed: 198 mph 318 km/h 171 kt
  Max Speed: 322 mph 518 km/h 280 kt
  Climb: 2,850 ft/min 868 m/min
  Ceiling: 28,500 ft 8,686 m

Examples of this type may be found at
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida

A-1H on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation


Recent comments by our visitors
 Jerry Pleasant
 Flint, TX
Love the "SPAD"!

1963-1964: VA-35 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60).

1967-1970: VAQ-33 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Deployed to Vietnam aboard the USS Intrepid (CV-11) in 1968. Flew 117 missions. Flew in the last flight of the last EA-1F in the Navy at NAS Norfolk, VA in 1970.

ATCS(AC), USN-Ret. October 31, 1980 (Halloween is a good day
to retire)
01/03/2015 @ 04:40 [ref: 68857]
 Walter Kleffel LCDR USN Retired
 Bellingham, WA
After my basic flight training in 1956, I was lucky to get orders to my first A-1H squadron "VA-145", then stationed at NAS Miramar, San Diego, CA....After idolizing all the WWII propeller,fighter and attack aircraft, I was now part of one of the premier propeller attack squadrons in the USNavy....and it didn't stop with VA-145...future assignments to other A-1H squadrons..VA-122 (the A-1H Training Squadron on the pacific coast) as a flight instructor.
As more and more jet squadrons were being formed by the US Navy, the final A-1H squadrons were being phased out of the Navy's inventory...However, as my shore duty ended with VA-122, I volunteered to take assignment to Attack Squadron 52, which had suffered a Viet Nam combat loss....So, I reported for my last A-1H squadron duty....What a great...truly fantastic aircraft....Although I made the transition to jets right after this assignment, my heart was always with the best prop attack aircraft ever built...!
02/18/2012 @ 07:54 [ref: 53114]
 Bruce Squires
 , ND
One afternoon in 1968 while in Vietnam our convoy of heavy engineer equipment came under fire from a company size unit of north Vietnam soldiers, to include their use of light tanks. We called for air support and to our surprise a Douglas A1-h showed up. Unbeliable airplane. No one pass drop a few bombs and then fly off as had been experienced before, the A-1(H) dropped a few bombs, came back dropped a few more, then fired rockets and fired rockets and fired rockets. After all that he started in with machine guns. Thought hee was never going to run out of bullets or rockets.

After giving our attackers more than I'm sure they could have possibly ever expected from one plane they broke off and fled leaving a light tank behind, a lot of bodies and weapons. give me a DA1H any day. It sure saved our tails that day.
04/30/2011 @ 20:14 [ref: 37628]
 Doug Marsh
 , VA
Back in 1967 and 1968 they were still using the "Sandies" and "Spads" for spotting gunfire from the Heavy Cruiser I was on (USS BOSTON, CAG-1/CA-69). Those planes would orbit for what seemed forever, picking out targets for our 8" guns. Every now and then the pilot would request permission to roll in and and release some of the considerable ordinance he had hanging from his aircraft. They were a great help to us back then...

02/09/2005 @ 14:33 [ref: 9402]


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