Designation: TF-10B

Douglas F3D-2

Douglas F3D-2T2 (TF-10B) Skyknight

A picture of the Douglas F3D-2T2 Skyknight

Work on the Skyknight began in 1945 with a Navy request for proposals for a two-seat jet night fighter.  The prototype took to the air for the first time in March 1948 and the first production aircraft began entering service in 1950.  The second version of the Skyknight designated F3D-3 was intended to use a larger Westinghouse J46 engine.  However, problems with this engine and its eventual cancellation left this later version with only a slightly upgraded version of the original J34 engine.  Skyknights served extensively in the Korean War and had more kills than any other Navy or Marine night fighter.  The F3D remained in service until 1970 as a trainer and electronic warfare aircraft.

Wingspan 50 ft

Wingspan

Length 45 ft 6 in.

Length

Height 16 ft

Height

Weight 26,850 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 600 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 38,200 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,200 miles

Range

Engines Two Westinghouse J34-WE-36A with 3,400 pounds of thrust each

Engines

Crew 2

Crew


Manufacturer
Douglas

Markings
Marine Night Fighter Training Squadron 20 (VMFT(N)-20,) Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina

Serial Number
1246429

Designation
F3D-2T2

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