Archive for April 16th, 2010

Apr 16

Happy 66th Birthday to the Battleship Wisconsin!

Friday, April 16, 2010 10:42 PM

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Apr 16

Flightdeck Friday! Douglas F4D Skyray (Part 1)

Friday, April 16, 2010 12:07 AM

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Presented this week: The Douglas F4D/F-6A Skyray. Another of Ed Heinemann’s now-classic designs, the F4D counted a number of firsts in its history, but like the F3H, would be victimized by engines lagging in development. Despite this shortcoming and a short operational life, the F4D (or as it was popularly known, “Ford”) claimed a world’s absolute speed record, the first for a carrier-based aircraft and several time-to-climb records. An interceptor by design, it served for a time with the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) as well as equipping Marine and Reserve units. This week we cover the early period… Read the rest of this entry »