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2017-11-20

Background  Notes

 
     
 

DOUGLAS  AD6H  Skyraider

 
     
  The story which did happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat  
     
 

Related page : A1D6H70.Skyreader

 

Introduction

The AD Skyraider was a carrier born heavy single piston engined attack aircraft which entered service after WWII and saw action in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.  As far as AAC™ is concerned, only a single seat attack variant is of interest and our design will be inspired by the AD6/A1H.   Why ?
 Attack the AD-6/A-1H wasn't the last variant but was built in larger numbers, and the performances of the AD-7/A-1J were roughly similar
 ECM there are no ECM aircrafts in AAC
 AEW they saw widespread use but were all replaced by other types by the early 1960s (Tracer or Gannet)
fantasy AEW exports are based on the TBM3W Avenger
 COD they saw limited use only, and were all replaced by other types by the early 1960s (Tracer or Gannet)

Then, the performances of the AAC's Skyreader will be tuned a little (eg: Skyraider maximum fuel capacity was restricted to 980 USgal, due to the ... restricted engine oil tank capacity, but there is no such restriction in AAC).

Production  Summary (single seaters - read: single seat teardrop cockpit - are shown in bold)
 1962 USN USMC USAF Role QTY 1962  Name 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
  AD1 USN USMC - AT 242 - Skyraider 1947 -                        
  AD1Q USN - - ECM 35 - Skyraider 1948 -                        
  AD2 USN USMC - AT 156 - Skyraider 1948 -                        
  AD2Q USN USMC - ECM 21 - Skyraider 1948 -                        
  AD3 USN USMC - AT 125 - Skyraider 1948 -                        
  AD3N USN USMC - FF 15 - Skyraider 1949 -                        
  AD3S USN - - ASW (2) - Skyraider 1949 -                        
  AD3Q USN - - ECM 23 - Skyraider 1948 -                        
  AD3W USN USMC - AEW 31 - Skyraider 1949 -                        
  AD4 USN USMC - AT 372 - Skyraider 1949 -                        
  AD4B USN USMC - AT 165 - Skyraider 1952 -                        
  AD4N USN USMC - AT 307 - Skyraider 1951 -                        
  AD4NA USN USMC - AT 100 A1D Skyraider 1951 -                        
  AD4W USN USMC - AEW 169 - Skyraider 1950                          
  AD4Q USN USMC - ECM 39 - Skyraider 1949                          
  AD5 USN USMC USAF AT 212 A1E Skyraider 1952   >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
  AD5U USN - - COD (??) UA1E Skyraider 1952                          
  AD5N USN USMC USAF AT 240 A1G Skyraider 1953   >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
  AD5Q USN - - AT (54) EA1F Skyraider 1952   >> >> >> >> >>              
  AD5W USN USMC - AEW 239 EA1E Skyraider 1953   >> >> >> >> >>              
  AD6 USN USMC USAF AT 713 A1H Skyraider 1954   >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
  AD7 USN - USAF AT 72 A1J Skyraider 1956   1956 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>

Foreign Operators

Among the various historical operators, only the the French Armée de l'Air is of interest to AAC™

Country

AF ASW

QTY

Aircraft

Name

1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
UK RN AEW 50

AD4W

Skyraider

1951 1960 >> >> >> >> 1960              
France AF AT 88

AD4N

Skyraider

1960 1972         1960 >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
France AF AT 40

A1D

Skyraider

1960 1972         1960 >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
France AF AT 20

A1E

Skyraider

1970 1972                        

Vietnam

AF

AT

6

A1H

Skyraider

1960 1975           1960 >> >> >> >> >> >>

Vietnam

AF

AT

57

A1E

Skyraider

1961 1975           1961 >> >> >> >> >> >>

Vietnam

AF

AT

131

A1G

Skyraider

1966 1975                     1966 >>

Vietnam

AF

AT

10

A1J

Skyraider

1971 1975                        

Sweden

AF

UT

14

AD4W

Skyraider

1962 1974             1962 >> >> >> >> >>

Cambodia

AF

AT

2

A1H

Skyraider

1963 1968               1963 >> >> > >>

Cambodia

AF

AT

30

A1D

Skyraider

1964 1977                 1964 >> >> >>

Cambodia

AF

AT

10

A1E

Skyraider

1965 1970                   1965 >> >>

Ctrl.Africa

AF

AT

10

A1D

Skyraider

1971 1976                        

Gabon

AF

AT

9

A1D

Skyraider

1973 1985                        

Chad

AF

AT

7

A1D

Skyraider

1976 1981                        

Mauritania

AF

AT

10

A1?

Skyraider

?? ??                        

Specifications & Limitations

With AAC referring to a slightly different mass ratio for fuel and ammunition, weights are thus re-calculated the AAC way.  There are other cheats but several "real life" restrictions will nevertheless be respected :
not only 3×300 USgal will be possible, but 3×400 USgal (2802 lbs/@) will also be available
the real life outer wing pylons 2500 lbs total load restriction will be respected
the real life 25,000lbs MTOW will be respected, but the combat load is intentionally wrong

while not pertaining to late production Skyraiders (nor any single seat variants for that matter), a radar pod (or a combined radar/fuel pod) will be available under the starboard main underwing pylon (with an AAC equivalent to the AN/APS-19 or AN/APS-31)

the publicized 3,600 lbs capacity of the central pylon has no identified practical use but is kept "as is" for the time being

Note : in the table, fuel capacity in US gallons (shown left) is translated into imperial gallons (AAC standards)

Selected AD1 AD1Q AD2 AD2Q AD3 AD3N AD3W AD4 AD4N AD4W AD5 AD5W AD5N AD6 AD7
Variants 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 A1D¹º 6 A1E¹² EA1E A1G A1H A1J
Length 38'02" 38'02" 38'02" 38'02" 38'02" 38'02" 38'02" 39'03" 39'03" 38'02" 40'00" 40'00" 40'00" 39'03" 39'03"
Span 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00" 50'00"
Height 12'00" 12'00" 12'00" 12'00" 12'00" 12'00" 12'00" 12'00" 12'00" 12'00" 13'09" 13'09" 13'09" 15'08" 15'08"
Crew AD1 AD1Q AD2 AD2Q AD3 AD3N AD3W AD4 AD4N AD4W AD5 AD5W AD5N AD6 AD7
Crew:pilot 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1
Crew:radar // // // // // 2 2 // 2 2 // 2 // // //
Crew:ECM // 1 // 1 // // // // // // // // 2 // //
Equipment AD1 AD1Q AD2 AD2Q AD3 AD3N AD3W AD4 AD4N AD4W AD5 AD5W AD5N AD6 AD7
R3350/... 24W 24W 26W 26W 26W 26W 26W 26WA 26WA 26WA 26WA 26WA 26WA 26WA 26WB
Pwr:military 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp 2200.hp
Pwr:extra 2500.hp 2500.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp 2700.hp
Propeller: 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06" 13'06"
Radar // (APS-4) // // (APS-4) (APS-4) APS20 // (APS-4) APS20A (APS31) APS20B // // //
Gun:20mm 2×M3 2×M3 2×M3 2×M3 2×M3 2×M3 // ¹2×M3 ¹¹2×M3 2×M3 4×M3 // 4×M3 4×M3 4×M3
Gun:ammos 400rpg 400rpg 400rpg 400rpg 400rpg 400rpg // 400rpg 400rpg 400rpg 200rpg // 200rpg 200rpg 200rpg
Perform. AD1 AD1Q AD2 AD2Q AD3 AD3N AD3W AD4 AD4N AD4W AD5 AD5W AD5N AD6 AD7
Speed:Max 318 kn 300 kn 279 kn 321 kn 279 kn 257 kn 300 kn 304 kn 304 kn 304 kn 287.kn 261 kn 280.kn 297 kn 298 kn
Speed:cruise 161 kn  kn  kn  kn 174 kn 171 kn  kn  kn  kn  kn 174 kn  kn 165 kn 156 kn 170 kn
Speed:Stall35  kn  kn  kn  kn  kn  kn  kn  kn  kn  kn 70 kn  kn 88.kn  kn  kn
TO.run .ft .ft .ft .ft .ft .ft .ft .ft .ft .ft .ft .ft 1070 ft .ft .ft
Climb.ft/min 3590ft/min 0ft/min 0ft/min 0ft/min 2760ft/min 0ft/min 0ft/min 2880ft/min 2880ft/min 0ft/min 2860ft/min 0ft/min 2580ft/min 0ft/min 3230ft/min
Ceiling:ft 33000.ft 24500.ft 32700.ft 26600.ft 32300.ft 28800.ft 27000.ft 25300.ft 26000.ft 26000.ft 26200.ft 25000.ft 24500.ft 29400.ft 30650.ft
Range:nmi 1685.nm 1250.nm 1207.nm 1300.nm 1300.nm 1021.nm 1300.nm ²2500.nm 1100.nm 1100.nm 1050.nm 1135.nm 1145.nm .nm .nm
Weights AD1 AD1Q AD2 AD2Q AD3 AD3N AD3W AD4 AD4N AD4W AD5 AD5W AD5N AD6 AD7
Weight:empty 10500.lb 10970.lb 10580.lb 11200.lb 10800.lb 11570.lb 13000.lb 11700.lb 11400.lb 12600.lb 12300.lb 12100.lb 12100.lb 12070.lb 12100.lb
Weight:mtow 18000.lb 18900.lb 18300.lb 19100.lb 18500.lb 19600.lb 18300.lb 25000.lb 24000.lb 24000.lb 25000.lb 25000.lb 25000.lb 24000.lb 25000.lb
Fuel:USgal 365.US 365.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US 380.US
Fuel:lbs 2190.lb 2190.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb 2280.lb
Body:_ 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb // ³2000.lb ³2000.lb // 3600.lb // 3600.lb 3600.lb 3600.lb
Body:_USgal // // 300.US 300.US 300.US 300.US // 300.US 300.US // 300.US // 300.US 300.US 300.US
Wing:_ 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 2000.lb 3000.lb // 3000.lb 3000.lb 3000.lb
Wing:_USgal // // // // // // // 300.US 300.US 300.US 300.US 300.US 300.US 300.US 300.US
outer:12× or // // // // // // // 250.lb 250.lb // 250.lb // 250.lb 250.lb 250.lb
outer:_6× or // // // // // // // 500.lb 500.lb // 500.lb // 500.lb 500.lb 500.lb
outer:12×140lb // // // // // // // HVAR HVAR // HVAR // HVAR HVAR HVAR
Notes

    : -
  ¹
: AD4B_ : sub-variant equipped with 4×20mm cannons with 200 rpg (intended for the delivery of nuclear bombs)

  ²: AD4__ : 2500.nm = 1250 nm combat range with 1050 US gal of extra fuel

  ³: AD4*_ : aximum ordnance was 6500 lbs and 9900 lbs for carrier and land operations respectively

¹º: AD4NA:  were AD4N stripped down of night attack equipment to to increase ordnance capacity (Korean War) - redesignated A-1D in 1962

¹¹: AD4NA:  were equipped with 4×20mm cannons with 200 rpg

¹²: AD5__ : could also carry : 4×strechers or 4×back seated passengers or 12×troops (?...) or 2,000 lbs of cargo, or a photo-recce pack

 
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USN Sqn AD1 AD2 AD2Q AD3 AD3N AD3W AD4 AD4B AD4N AD4NA AD4Q AD4W AD5 AD5W AD5Q AD5N AD6 AD7 Wars Tail
- - - - - - - - - - - - - A1E - - A1E EA1E EA1F A1G A1H A1J - -
USN VA42 1947 1948 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA64 1947 1948 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA154 1948 1948 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA194 1946 1949 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA24 1947 1949 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA114 1948 1949 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA174 1949 1949 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA35 1949 1949 AD1 AD2 AD2Q AD3 - - AD4 AD4B AD4N AD4L - - AD5 - - - AD6 - -
USN VA74 1949 1949 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA94 1949 1949 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA34 1948 1950 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA45 1947 1957 - - - - - - - AD4B - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA175 1948 1957 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA54 1949 1957 - AD2 - - - - AD4 - - AD4L AD4Q - - - - - - - -
USN VA55 1949 1957 - - - - - - AD4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA125 1950 1957 - AD2 - AD3 - - AD4 AD4B AD4N - AD4Q - - - - - AD6 AD7 -
USN VF92 1955 1957 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA155 1948 1958 - - - - - - AD4 - - AD4L AD4Q - - - - - H- - -
USN VA105 1952 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA16 1955 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AD7 - -
USN VFAW4 1955 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA96 1956 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA126 1958 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA195 1947 1959 AD1 - - - - - AD4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA65 1947 1959 - AD2 - - - - AD4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VAQ33 1950 1959 - - - - - - - - AD4N AD4L - - - - AD5Q AD5N - -   -
USN VA104 1953 1959 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA216 1955 1959 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA144 1959 1959 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VAW11 1949 1960 - - AD2Q AD3 - - - - - - - AD4W - - AD5Q - - -   -
USN VAAW35 1950 1960 - - - - - - - - AD4N - - - - - - - - - -
USN VAW12 1949 1961 - - - - - - - - - - - AD4W - AD5W - - - - -
USN VA145 1960 1962 - - - - - - - - - - - - AD5 - - - - - - -
USN VA135 1961 1962 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA75 1949 1963 - - - - - - AD4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA15 1950 1965 - - - - - - AD4 - - AD4L - - - - - - AD6 - - -
USN VA95 1952 1965 AD1 - - - - - AD4 - - AD4NA - - - - - - AD6 AD7 -
USN VA215 1955 1965 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AD6 AD7 -
USN VA196 1951 1966 - - - - - - - - AD4N - AD4Q - - - - - AD6 AD7   -
USN VA176 1955 1966 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USN VA165 1960 1966 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AD6 AD7 -
USN VA115 1949 1967 - - - - - - AD4 - - - AD4Q - - - - - AD6 AD7 -
USN VA52 1959 1967 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AD6 AD7 -
USN VAW13 19?? 1968 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AD5Q - - - -
USN VA25 1947 1968 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AD6 AD7 -
USN VA145 1950 1968 - AD2 - - - - AD4 - - AD4L AD4Q - - - - - AD6 AD7   -
USN VA122 1959 1968 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A1H A1J - -
USN VA152 1959 1968 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AD6 AD7 -
USMC Sqn AD1 AD2 AD2Q AD3 AD3N AD3W AD4 AD4B AD4N AD4NA AD4Q AD4W AD5 AD5W AD5Q AD5N AD6 AD7 Wars Tail
- - - - - - - - - - - - - A1E - - A1E EA1E EA1F A1G A1H A1J - -
USMC VMA212 1954 1947 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WD
USMC VMAT10 1952 1953 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AK
USMC VMA332 1954 1956 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - MR
USMC VMA151 1951 1957 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USMC VMAT20 1952 1957 AD1 AD2 - - - - AD4 - - AD4L - - - - - - - - - -
USMC VMA211 1952 1957 - - - - - - - AD4B - - - - - - - - - - - AF
USMC VMA251 1953 1957 - - - AD3 - - AD4 AD4B - - - - - - - - - - -
USMC VMA225 1954 1957 - - - - - - - AD4B - - - - AD5 - - - - - - CE
USMC VMCJ1 1952 1958 - - AD2Q - AD3N - - - AD4N AD4L AD4Q AD4W - - - - - - RM
USMC VMJC3 1952 1958 - - - - - AD3W - - AD4N - - AD4W - - - - - - - WZ
USMC VMJC2 1953 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - AD5W - AD5N - - - CY
USMC VMA324 1954 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
USMC VMA331 1954 1958 - - - - - - - - - - - - AD5 - - - AD6 - - MP
USMC VMA121 1951 1961 - AD2 - AD3 - - - - AD4N - - AD4W - - - - - - AK
USAF Sqn AD1 AD2 AD2Q AD3 AD3N AD3W AD4 AD4B AD4N AD4NA AD4Q AD4W AD5 AD5W AD5Q AD5N AD6 AD7 Wars Tail
- - - - - - - - - - - - - A1E - - A1E EA1E EA1F A1G A1H A1J - -
USAF 6th SOS 1968 1969 - - - - - - - - - A1E - - - - - A1G A1H A1J ET
USAF 602nd SOS 1964 1970 - - - - - - - - - A1E - - - - - A1G A1H A1J TT
USAF 22nd SOS 1968 1970 - - - - - - - - - A1E - - - - - A1G A1H A1J TS
USAF 4407 CCTS 196? 1972 - - - - - - - - - A1E - - - - - - A1H - - AD
USAF 1st SOS 1964 1972 - - - - - - - - - A1E - - - - - A1G A1H A1J TC

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