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Douglas A1E "Skyraider'

Douglas A1E "Skyraider'

Douglas A-1E "Skyraider"
S/N 52-0247

Crew:  One
Engine:  One Wright R-3350 "Cyclone" reciprocating; 2,700 hp
Wingspan:  50 ft 1/4 in
Length:  40 ft 0 in
Height:  15 ft 9 5/8 in
Weight:  max: 24,872 lbs
Speed:  max: 325 mph; cruise: 240 mph
Range:  1,500 miles
Service Ceiling:  26,200 ft
Armament:  Four 20mm cannons; assortment of bombs, rockets, mines, grenades, flares, and gun pods
Cost:  $414,000

This aircraft was acquired by Hill Aerospace Museum from the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB in 2001. It is an A-1E that was apparently remanufactured from various components taken from several other A-1s (both Air Force and Navy versions) in South Vietnam.

The plane is painted to closely resemble the A-1E flown by Major Bernard Francis Fisher on his mission of March 10, 1966 in the A Shau valley of Vietnam, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.