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A2D Skyshark

Douglas A2D Skyshark

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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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Douglas
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

Douglas

Douglas

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

 

Program

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

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Specifications (Douglas A2D Skyshark)

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)
  • Wing area: 400 sq ft (37 m2)
  • Airfoil: NACA 0012[9]
  • 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)
  • Fuel capacity: 500 US gal (420 imp gal; 1,900 l), plus 3 × 100 US gal (83 imp gal; 380 l) drop tanks
  • 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)
  • Propellers: 6-bladed Aeroproducts, 14 ft (4.3 m) diameter contra-rotating constant-speed fully-feathering reversible-pitch propeller[6]

Specifications (Douglas A2D Skyshark)

Performance

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)
  • Stall speed: 100.5 mph (161.7 km/h, 87.3 kn) at 17,592 lb (7,980 kg)
  • Combat range: 512 mi (824 km, 445 nmi) at 17,592 lb (7,980 kg) at 338 mph (294 kn; 544 km/h)
  • Ferry range: 2,200 mi (3,500 km, 1,900 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 48,300 ft (14,700 m) at 17,592 lb (7,980 kg

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