Douglas A-1 Skyraider
|A-1 (AD) Skyraider|
|U.S. Navy A-1H Skyraider from Attack Squadron VA-152 over Vietnam in 1966.|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Douglas Aircraft Company|
|First flight||18 March 1945|
|Retired||1985 Gabonese Air Force|
|Primary users||United States Navy
United States Air Force
South Vietnam Air Force
|Developed into||Douglas A2D Skyshark|
The Douglas A-1 Skyraider (formerly AD) was an American single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. It became a piston-powered, propeller-driven anachronism in the jet age, and was nicknamed "Spad", after the French World War I fighter. The Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career, even inspiring its straight-winged, slow-flying, jet-powered successor, the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
It was operated by the United States Navy (USN), the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the United States Air Force (USAF), and also saw service with the British Royal Navy, the French Air Force, the Air Force of the Republic of Vietnam (VNAF), and others.