Douglas AD4 Skyraider
A highly impressive of the Navy Wings Associate Collection, Douglas Skyraider AD4-NA 126922/G-RADR represents one of the most significant Fleet AIr Arm Aircraft of the 1950-60’s. The Skyraider is an immensely versatile aircraft and was widely used by the United States Navy inlcuding the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Royal navy acquired 50 Skyraider AD-4W early warning aircraft in 1951 and re-designated them as AEW.1 providing an important new capability for the Fleet.
Douglas Skyraider AD4-NA 126922/G-RADR was built in 1948 and served with the USN until 1960 including ditching off the carrier USS Princeton CV-37 due to engine trouble on 25 July 1953. The aircraft carries the colour scheme of that time but it also saw service with the French and Gabonese Air Forces