The Douglas Skyraider entered fleet carrier with VA-19A in February 1947 and was once retired in 1969. A unmarried engine assault plane in a position to hold extra tonnage of bombs than a WWII B-17 all whereas working from a airplane provider. Marine Squadron VMA-121 many times struck enemy pursuits with bomb lots in way over 9,000 lbs. The 3,180 Skyraiders have been produced in 20 diverse models and transformed extra into not less than seven different editions. in addition, Douglas created conversion kits for the AD-5 permitting it to be transformed at squadron point right into a four-seat or ten seat COD plane, a goal tug, an air ambulance, a shipment airplane, or a aerial tanker. As an assault plane, it grew to become the weapon of selection for shut air aid and floor assault in Korea due to its skill to loiter for hours with numerous bombs, rockets and napalm and its skill to take hits and convey its pilot's domestic. It repeated those projects in Vietnam the place it additionally turned the RESCAP airplane of selection because of its skill to stick airborne for as much as 12-hours.
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