Douglas AD-6 (A-1H) 'Skyraider'

  Base model:AD
  Equivalent to: A-1H
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1946-1962
  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
 William Davidson
 wudavidson@att.net, GA
Was a YN2 VF193. Thrill of my life was my ride in a A.D. five, double front seats and controls trainer. Moffett Field, Sunnyvale California to NAS Fallon,NV.I had the extreme privilege and honor of taking that ride with then LTJG William P Lawrence, one of America's most outstanding heroes. Mr. Lawrence was shot down in Vietnam and spent years, six I think, in the Hanoi Hilton. We can never pay back those men for what they endured for us. After Mr. Lawrence's repatriation he was assigned to the astronaut program. He did not go on a mission but his daughter did.
Interestingly Mr. Lawrence had comrades in VF 193 who also performed outstanding service. Two of them were Alan B Sheppard our first astronaut and (Mickey)F. Weisner who later became a four-star admiral and Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command (CINCPAC).
03/11/2016 @ 12:03 [ref: 69511]
 jim underwood
 new market, AL
I was in VMA 251 from August 1956 until I came home in
April of 1957. I was a radar tech. but of course
our planes had no radar only the radar altimeter.

I spent several months at Atsugi before we moved to
Iwakuni. I loved the AD6. It was a great airplane and
I enjoyed working on it.

Really would like to see some of those guys I worked
with, including the pilots.

A former Sgt.
Jim Underwood
12/05/2014 @ 17:32 [ref: 68809]
 Joseph W. Hazen
 , WA
I flew the AD-6 in VMA-251 and VMA-331 at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1956/57 and 1958/59. I don't recall any major
problem with the engine or other components. I logged
a total of 1050 hours in the AD-4, 5 and 6. Not a record,
but not too shabby.
03/22/2014 @ 08:00 [ref: 68433]
 Dennis English
 Coal Valley, IL
I worked with a Marine Korean veteran years ago. He had great words for the AD. He told me the jets would bomb the devil out of a hill in ten minutes, but it was always a major fight afterwards. On the other hand the AD's would be overhead for 40-50 minutes, and it didn't look like they were doing much. Afterwards the effort was just a mop up. I was a Tin Can Sailor 59-63.
02/25/2014 @ 06:23 [ref: 68368]
 Jim Price
 Kilmarnock, VA
As I recall, replacing a generator on the deck of the USS Intrepid during the winter of 1960, was no fun and resulted in skinned knuckles.
12/04/2012 @ 08:42 [ref: 67377]
 Alan Gale
 Everett, WA
I was a Parachute Rigger in VA-145 in 1956, we had 10 or 12 AD-6's and 1 AD-5N.I got a ride from Miramar up to the Frisco area in the AD-5. I would love to do it again.
10/06/2012 @ 18:03 [ref: 67287]
 Don Wohlers
 Colorado Springs, CO
I joined VMA 225 at Edenton NC in Nov 1955 and spent two tours in the AD-4 and AD-6. Went aboard three carriers during that time and with a total of over 800 hours when I left in June 1998. Then I was in VMA 216 in Seattle and flew the -5 for another 150 hours. What a great AC.
07/28/2012 @ 07:50 [ref: 64123]
 Joseph Hazen
 Bellevue, WA
As a cadet in 1955, I trained in the Skyraider, model AD-1,
at NAAS Cabaniss Field, Corpus Christie, TX, and then went
on to fly models 4, 5, and 6 in Marine squadrons on active
duty and then the 5 in the Reserves. I logged 1050 hours behind that big R-3350 with nary a problem. A great airplane powered by a great engine.
02/20/2012 @ 16:52 [ref: 53133]
 Walter Kleffel
 Bellingham, WA
Coming from three A1 squadrons....VA145, VA122 and VA52, I caught the end of the Navy's dependence on the A1 for their close air support roll in SEAsia. I can vividly remember the decomissioning ceremony for VA52, one of the last Skyraider squadrons......A salute to a truly fantastic aircraft!!!
01/26/2012 @ 12:18 [ref: 52224]
 Mr Paul Tanksley
 Dallas, OR
Ed ..I joined VA 175 just after you left I guess,
Willie Nyburg was CO for while and Quentin Crommelin was CAG,We had a couple of other COs , the last was Ed Potter.
A couple of Med cruises out of Jax and a good time by all.others were Gil Simms , Punchy Dolan , Mo Rishel(XO).
Something Smith..Pal of Simms (USNA) .. Cannot recall the LSO ..also Kermit Veach .., Something Parks and a few nuggets like me .. Bill Calhoun,, Render Creighton, Bill Whitney ,Helm Roberts, Buck Buchanan,,,sadly we have lost Whitney and Helm !!!...

ps I am interested in what our fuel consumption was for cruise speed..
Anyone pls write ptanksley@gmail.com

date 4 Jan 2012
01/04/2012 @ 19:15 [ref: 51821]


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