Douglas EA-1F Skyraider

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Douglas
Markings
VAW-33, USS America, 1967
Designation
EA-1F
Serial Number
135018

Douglas EA-1F Skyraider

The design of the Douglas Skyraider dates to 1943 when the U.S. Navy requested a single seat aircraft capable of acting as both a dive-bomber and a torpedo bomber. The prototype first flew in March 1945. The design was very well received during testing and the first aircraft entered service in 1946 as the AD-1. The Skyraider proved to be a very adaptable design and production of eight major models and thirty-seven variants continued until 1957 with 3,180 built. The basic AD-5 model appeared in 1950 as a two seat anti-submarine aircraft with a wider and slightly longer fuselage. The larger fuselage allowed more extensive modification into a four seat electronic countermeasures aircraft designated AD-5Q. In 1962, these aircraft were re-designated as EA-1F. A small number of them remained in service as late as 1979.

Specifications
Wingspan 50 ft 9 in
Length 40 ft 1 in
Height 15 ft 10 in
Weight 18,799 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 200 mph
Service Ceiling 26,000 ft
Range 1,202 miles
Engines 1 Wright R-3350-26WA radial engine, 2,700 horsepower
Crew 4