EA-1E Skyraider

Manufacturer: DOUGLAS
Designation: AD5W, then later EA-1E
Type: Ground Attack
First Flew: March 18, 1945
Length:   40 ft. M
Height:   15 ft. 9 5/8 in. M
Span:   50 ft. 1/4 in   M
Empty Weight:   lbs Kg
Gross Weight:   lbs  
Max Weight: 24,872 lbs.  
Armament: Four 20mm cannons and a wide assortment of bombs, rockets, mines, grenades,
flares and gun pods.
Cost: $414,000  
No. of Engines: 1
Powerplant: Wright R-3350
Horsepower: 2,700 hp.
Range: 1,500  miles   Km
Cruise Speed:   240 mph Km/H   Kt
Max Speed: 325 Mph   Km/H   Kt
Climb: Ft/min   M/min
Ceiling: 26,200 Ft   M


  The history of the Skyraider began during WW II when Douglas submitted a
design to the U.S. Navy for the XBT2D-1 as a replacement for the famous SBD
dive-bomber. The result was a new airplane designated as the "AD" which made its
first flight on March 18, 1945. For the next 12 years there was constant
improvement in the airplane up through the AD-7, and 3,180 Skyraiders were
delivered to the Navy, many of which were used during the Korean War. In 1963,
the U.S. Air Force began a program to modify the AD-5 Skyraider for service in
Vietnam and redesignated it the A-1E. Because of its ability to carry large bomb
loads, absorb heavy ground fire, and fly for long periods at low altitude, the
A-1E was particularly suited for close-support missions.


This aircraft  arrived at the museum on 11 May 2006 from Oshkosh, WI; it is on
loan from the U.S. Navy.    Although the specific history of this aircraft  is
yet to be researched, the exterior painted markings indicate the squadron was
VAW 11 and that this aircraft was an EA-1E, the carrier airborne early warning
version of the A-1.