Published October 16, 2008
Douglas A-1E "Skyraider"
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
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.