Few aircraft have been known by as many names as the Skyraider. At
various times in its career, it was designated the BT2D, AD 'Able
Dog', A -1, and was also affectionately called the 'Destroyer',
'Hobo', 'Spad', 'Sandy', and the 'Flying Dump Truck'. Following the
AD-1 came 178 AD-2s, 193 AD-3s and 1,051 AD-4s. These performed
various roles as daytime and all-weather attack, radar patrol, and
electronic countermeasures. In 1951 the variant two-seater AD-5
appeared, with a bigger cabin, and a year later production resumed
with the single-seater AD-6 versions, and the final variant was the
AD-7 in 1955.
The Skyraider performed very well in the Korean War, being
operated by the US Navy and Marine Corps and was described as 'the
best close-support and interdiction aircraft in the world' at that
time. During one mission, ADs destroyed the floodgates of the
Hwachon Dam using torpedoes, which precluded the enemy from
flooding two valleys and holding back the American advance.
In Vietnam, the Skyraider was employed by both the US Navy and
US Air Force, and from carriers in the South China Sea, Skyraider's
carried out bombing strikes and close air support operations. It
was also used in operations against Viet Cong strongholds in South
Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. It also picked up its famous 'Sandy'
call-sign in the Vietnam War, as an integral element in the
recovery of downed aircrew. Later versions were employed by air
arms across the world, including the British Royal Navy who
utilized it as a carrier based airborne early warning platform.
Author Andy Renshaw brings the history of the Skyraider to this
volume, looking in detail at the background and development of the
aircraft, its many variants, and war roles. This volume will
include many hitherto unpublished photographs, color profiles and
scale plans, as well as models the Skyraider in various scales.
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