Douglas YEA-3A Skywarrior

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Douglas
Markings
Naval Air Testing Center, Patuxent River NAS, 1969
Designation
YEA-3A
Serial Number
130361

Douglas YEA-3A Skywarrior

Nicknamed “The Whale” by its crews the A-3 Skywarrior is the largest and heaviest aircraft ever designed for regular operation from an aircraft carrier. Originally designed as a strategic nuclear bomber the A-3 proved itself to be very adaptable to other uses and remained in service long after the Navy had lost its role in strategic bombing. Designing for the Skywarrior began in 1948 and the first prototype flew in 1952. In addition to the bomber version the Navy used electronic warfare and aerial tanker versions of the Skywarrior into the 1970s and a few remained in test programs as late as the 1990s. A total of six A3D-1 bombers were converted to YA3D-1Q (YEA-3A) electronic countermeasures aircraft with a pressurized crew compartment replacing the bomb bay.

Specifications
Wingspan 72 ft 6 in
Length 76 ft 4 in
Height 22 ft 9.5 in
Weight 82,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 610 mph
Service Ceiling 41,000 ft
Range 1,050 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney J-57-P-10 12,400 lbs thrust
Crew 3-4