Douglas AD-6 Skyraider

Last revised October 18, 2001

The AD-6 was an improved version of the AD-4B single-seat attack aircraft fitted with special equipment for low-level attack bombing and the improved types of bomb racks first used on the AD-5. A jettisonable canopy was incorporated, and a hydraulic tailhook was fitted. Increased armor was added for the protection of the pilot.

713 examples of the AD-6 were built, and they were built at the same time as the "wide body" AD-5. However, the AD-6 never saw any action in the Korean conflict.

In September of 1962, surviving AD-6s were redesignated A-1H.

Specification of Douglas AD-6 Skyraider

Engine: One 2500 hp Wright R-3350-26WA Duplex Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, rated at 2600 hp for takeoff and 2100 hp at 14,000 feet. Performance: Maximum speed 342 mph at 15,400 feet, 319 mph at sea level, 180 mph cruising speed, Combat ceiling 29,400 feet. Combat radius 275 miles with 2000 lbs of bombs. Maximum ferry range 3240 miles Weights: 12,070 pounds empty, 18,400 pounds normal loaded, 24,000 pounds maximum. Dimensions: Wingspan 50 feet 0 1/4 inches, length 39 feet 3 inches, height 15 feet 8 inches, wing area 400.33 square feet. Armament: Four 20-mm cannon in the wing. Six racks underneath each outer wing, one pylon under each inner wing, one pylon underneath the fuselage centerline.

Serial Numbers of Douglas AD-6 Skyraider

134466/134637		Douglas AD-6 Skyraider
				c/n 9695/9866.
135223/135406		Douglas AD-6 Skyraider
				c/n 9867/10050. 
137492/137632		Douglas AD-6 Skyraider
				c/n 10568/10708. 
139606/139821		Douglas AD-6 Skyraider
				c/n 10838/11053.


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