Douglas F3D-1M 'Skyknight'
| Guy E. Franklin|
| The F3D-1's airframe was similar to that of the XF3D-1, but it was fitted with a stronger tail bumper wheel, and fully operational electronic systems that increased the takeoff weight by over two tonnes. It also featured uprated Westinghouse J34-WE-34 engines with 1,475 kilograms (3,250 pounds) thrust each, with the new engines requiring larger nacelles. A few early production F3D-1s were not fitted with the uprated powerplants due to engines availability problems.
The F3D-1 was still definitely underpowered, and only the initial batch of 28 were produced. The F3D-1s remained stateside and were used for training flight crew for the definitive Skyknight variant, the F3D-2.
08/17/2005 @ 13:43 [ref: 11009]
| Adam Archuletta|
| I would like to have a photo of a F3D2M with all 4 missles attached to the wings. I was with VMF542 AT ELTORO And I loved working on this fighter.
Thank you ADAM ARCHULETTA
09/14/2004 @ 19:46 [ref: 8266]