A-1 (AD) Skyraider

Douglas Aircraft Company

"The airplane that became the AD (later A-1) Skyraider evolved from a Navy decision in 1943 to combine the dive-bombing and torpedo missions in one aircraft. Built around a barrel-like fuselage, it possessed rigid lines that made it anything but graceful in appearance, but emanated power and could carry 8,000 lb. of ordnance, more than a World War II B-17 bomber. First flown on 18 March 1945, Skyraiders entered fleet service the following year and no aviator that flew one then and later would forget the experience of taking to the air for the first time. Read more »

Description (physical):

Length: 38 ft., 10 in.; Height 15 ft., 8 in.; Wingspan: 50 ft.

1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32508
National Naval Aviation Museum

Cessna O-1A Bird Dog

Wichita, KS: Cessna Aircraft Company, Inc.

In the Korean War the Bird Dog, affectionately called "the jeep with wings," was used for a variety of missions including artillery spotting, laying communication wire, evacuating wounded and dropping supplies and flares. Then designated the L-19, it was frequently used as an observation platform for field commanders. In September 1962, the Bird Dog was re-designated as the O-1A-the first all metal, high-wing, single-engine aircraft to see service in U.S. Army aviation. During the War in Southeast Asia, the U.S.

Description (physical):

H: 2.28m, W: 10.9m, L: 7.6m, Wt: 1400lbs., Top speed: 208km/hr.

Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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