Douglas F-6A Skyray

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Douglas
Markings
Douglas Aircraft Testing Division, 1961
Designation
F-6A
Serial Number
134748

Douglas F-6A 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. 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 33 ft 6 in
Length 45 ft 3 in
Height 13 ft
Weight 22,008 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 722 mph
Service Ceiling 55,000 ft
Range 700 miles
Engines 1 Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet, 9,700 pounds thrust
Crew 1