Designation: F4D-1

Douglas F4D-1

Douglas F4D-1 (F-6A) Skyray

A picture of the Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

The Skyray was first proposed in 1947 as an attempt to make use of information on delta-wing designs captured from Germany at the end of World War II.  Problems with engine development delayed the first flight until 1951, but the aircraft proved to be very successful once it was in service.  In 1953, a F4D-1 broke the world absolute speed record with an average speed of 752.944 miles-per-hour.  It was also the first Navy aircraft to be capable of flying at Mach 1 in level flight.  The Skyray entered operational service in 1956 and served until 1964.  A total of 420 were built.

Wingspan 33 ft 6 in.

Wingspan

Length 45 ft 8 in.

Length

Height 13 ft

Height

Weight 25,000 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 695 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 55,000 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 700 miles

Range

Engines One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-2 turbojet with 10,500 pounds of thrust

Engine

Crew 1

Crew


Manufacturer
Douglas

Markings
Douglas Aircraft Testing Division, 1961

Serial Number
134748

Designation
F4D-1

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