Douglas TF-10B Skyknight

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Douglas
Markings
Marine Night Fighter Training Squadron 20 (VMFT(N)-20), Cherry Point MCAS, North Carolina
Designation
TF-10B
Serial Number
124629

Douglas TF-10B 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 designate F3D-2 was intended to use a larger Westinghouse J46 engine. However, problems with this engine an its eventual cancellation left this later version with only a slight upgraded version of the original J34 engine. Skynights 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 50 ft
Length 45 ft 5 in
Height 16 ft 1 in
Weight 23,574 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 565 mph
Service Ceiling 38,200 ft
Range 1,540 miles
Engines 2 Westinghouse J34-WE-36 turbojets with 3,400 pounds of thrust
Crew 2