Aircraft Data Sheet

for AD-4W Bu. No. 127922


 Developed to a World War II specification for a carrier-base dive-bomber and torpedo-carrier-- the first single-seater in this category -- the Skyraider was too late for service in that conflict, but proved to be one of the most versatile air weapons available to the US forces in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  Although production ended in 1957, 12 years after the line was first established, serious proposals were made as late as 1966 for re-establishment of production in order to meet Vietnam needs.  By that time the Skyraider had become widely known as the Spad, a name which reflected the affection in which it was held by its pilots who likened its reliability and versatility to the famed World War I fighter.
(source: United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 by Gordon Swanborough and Peter Bowers)

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Photo by Jim Broady




Photo by Frank Warren.

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Photo by Nick Thompson

Photo by Walt Loftus

Remarks: This aircraft was donated to USS Midway Museum by Mr. David Tallichet.  It had been in storage at the airport at Genesco, NY.  It arrived at the restoration hangar on 12 March 2006 and will be restored and displayed as an AD-6. It will bear the markings of the VA-25 A-1H that shot down a Mig-17 in 1965. 

Nicknames: Spad, Able Dog

Bu No 127922 Assignment Record

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Date of manufacture: Unknown 

Manufacturer: Douglas



















View the Skyraider page in the National Museum of Naval Aviation web site.

Page updated on 19 December 2007