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Douglas A2D Skyshark "1950"

The Douglas A2D Skyshark was an American turboprop-powered attack aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the United States Navy.

Douglas A2D Skyshark "1950"

RoleAttack aircraft
National originUnited States
ManufacturerDouglas Aircraft Company
First flight26 March 1950
StatusCanceled
Primary userUnited States Navy
Number built2 XA2D-1 prototypes + 10 A2D-1 pre-production aircraft (4 of which never flew)
Developed fromDouglas A-1 Skyraider


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The Douglas A2D Skyshark was an American turboprop-powered attack aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company.

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A2D Skyshark

The Douglas A2D Skyshark was an American turboprop-powered attack aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the United States Navy. The program was substantially delayed by engine reliability problems, and was canceled because more promising jet attack aircraft had entered development and the smaller escort carriers the A2D was intended to utilize were being phased out.

Design

 

On 25 June 1945, the Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer) asked Douglas Aircraft for a turbine-powered, propeller-driven aircraft. Three proposals were put forth in the next year and a half: the D-557A, to use two General Electric TG-100s (T31s) in wing nacelles; the D-557B, the same engine, with counter-rotating propellers; and the D-557C, to use the Westinghouse 25D. These were canceled due to engine development difficulties, but BuAer continued to seek an answer to thirsty jets

Operators

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      Twelve Skysharks were built, two prototypes and ten pre-production aircraft. Most were scrapped or destroyed in accidents, and only one has survived.

      A2D-1 Skyshark, BuNo. 125485, is at the Gillespie Field Annex of the San Diego Air & Space Museum in El Cajon, California. It was restored for static display by Pacific Fighters.

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Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 41 ft 2 in (12.55 m)
  • Wingspan: 50 ft 0 in (15.24 m)
  • Height: 17 ft 1 in (5.21 m)
  • Empty weight: 12,944 lb (5,871 kg)
  • Gross weight: 18,720 lb (8,491 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 22,966 lb (10,417 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Allison XT40-A-2 turboprop, 5,500 shp (4,100 kW) equivalent – (5,100 shp (3,800 kW) + 830 lbf (3.7 kN) residual thrust)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 492 mph (792 km/h, 428 kn) at 17,592 lb (7,980 kg) at 40,000 ft (12,000 m)
  • Maximum speed at sea level: 477.5 mph (414.9 kn; 768.5 km/h) at 17,592 lb (7,980 kg)
  • Cruise speed: 276 mph (444 km/h, 240 kn)
  • Combat range: 512 mi (824 km, 445 nmi) at 17,592 lb (7,980 kg) at 338 mph (294 kn; 544 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 48,300 ft (14,700 m) at 17,592 lb (7,980 kg

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The Douglas A2D Skyshark was an American turboprop-powered attack aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the United States Navy.