Douglas AD-3Q Skyraider

Last revised October 18, 2001

Twenty three Skyraiders were ordered by the Navy as AD-3QUs for use as target tugs. However, the development of the Mark 22 target initially tested on the AD-2QU eliminated any need for this special version, and all of the aircraft on this order were delivered as AD-3Qs for use as two-seat electronic countermeasures aircraft. When needed, the AD-3Q could be quickly fitted with a Mark 22 target towing kit.

Specification of Douglas AD-3Q Skyraider

Engine: One 2500 hp Wright R-3350-26W Duplex Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial engine Performance: Maximum speed 345 mph at 18,300 feet, 24,500 feet service ceiling, Maximum range 1100 nautical miles Weights: 11,600 pounds empty, 17,000 pounds normal loaded, 18,300 pounds maximum. Dimensions: Wingspan 50 feet 0 1/4 inches, length 38 feet 2 inches, height 12 feet, wing area 400.33 square feet. Armament: Two 20-mm cannon in the wing.

Serial Numbers of Douglas AD-3Q Skyraider

122854/122876		Douglas AD-3Q Skyraider
				c/n 6976/6998


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