Douglas F3D Skyknight

ICAO aircraft code F3D
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Co.
Country United States

The Douglas F3D Skyknight (later designated F-10 Skyknight) is an American twin-engined, mid-wing jet fighter aircraft manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California.

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Douglas F3D Skyknight Specifications

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General

ICAO aircraft code
F3D
Manufacturer
Douglas Aircraft Co.
Manufactured
1947 - 1952
Country
United States

Aircraft performance

Engine:
2x Westinghouse J34-WE-36
Jet
Power:
3,600 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
491 Kts
909 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
80 Kts
Travel range:
1,338 Nm
2,478 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
38,200 feet
Rate of Climb:
4000 feet / minute
20.32meter / second

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
12,556 Kg
27,681 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
11,100 Kg
24,471 lbs
Max Payload:
2,456 Kg
5,414 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,350 gallon
5,110 liter

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About the Douglas F3D Skyknight

The Douglas F3D Skyknight (later designated F-10 Skyknight) is an American twin-engined, mid-wing jet fighter aircraft manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California. The F3D was designed as a carrier-based all-weather night fighter and saw service with the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The mission of the F3D was to search out and destroy enemy aircraft at night.

The F3D Skyknight was never produced in great numbers but it did achieve many firsts in its role as a night fighter over Korea. While it never achieved the fame of the North American F-86 Sabre, it did down several Soviet-built MiG-15s as a night fighter over Korea with only one air-to-air loss of its own against a Chinese MiG-15, which occurred on the night of 29 May 1953.

The Skyknight played an important role in the development of the radar-guided AIM-7 Sparrow missile which led to further guided air-to-air missile developments. It also served as an electronic warfare platform in the Vietnam War as a precursor to the EA-6A Intruder and EA-6B Prowler. The aircraft is sometimes unofficially called “Skynight”, dropping the second “k”. The unusual, portly profile earned it the nickname “Willie the Whale”. Some Vietnam War U.S. Marine veterans have referred to the Skyknight as “Drut”, whose meaning becomes obvious when read backwards. This may be in reference to its age, unflattering looks or its low-slung air intakes that made it vulnerable to foreign object damage (FOD).

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