AD Skyraider in detail & scale by Bert Kinzey

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The upper fuselage position light, a blade antenna, and the dome for the AN/ARN-6 radio compass antenna were located on the spine of the aircraft. Part of the wire antenna for the AN/ARN-6 is also visible. Unlike other versions of the Skyraider, the AD-5 series had a conventional trim tab on each of the elevators. The AN/ALQ-2 tail warning antenna beneath the rudder was unique to the AD-5Q/EA-1F. 53 AD-55 ---- Above: One AD-5, BuNo. 132479, was used as the prototype for the AD-5S anti-submarine warfare version of the Skyraider.

S. Navy aircraft, the rumman FBF Bearcat. (NMNA) Above center: The VNAF subsequently applied the U. S. Air Force's Southeast Asia camouflage scheme to its Skyraiders. This A-1H has the yellow and black fuselage band of the 23rd Tactical Wing. (NMNA) Right: This A-1J was assigned to the 516th Fighter Squadron of the 41st Tactical Wing. Like the U. S. Air Force, the VNAF used the former Navy Bureau Number as the serial number. This was the former U. S. Navy A-1J, BuNo. 142034. The last five digits of the number are painted on the vertical stabilizer.

The two-letter tail codes were originally white, and the serial numbers were a combination of black and white numbers preceded by a black AF. (Munkasy) Above center: The tail codes and numbers were later changed to a low visibility flat black. The large and unusual looking weapon under the wing of this A-1E is a BLU-76/B fuel air explosive. (National Archives) Left: This A-1H was assigned to the 602nd Special Operations Squadron (SOS) and was photographed during April 1969 when it operated from Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand.

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