DOUGLAS AD SKYRAIDER

SKYRAIDER SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc., Santa Monica, California, USA
Model: -
Designations: AD; A-1, BT2D
Names: Skyraider; Dauntless II (BT2D-1)
First official flight: (XBT2D-1) 18/03/1945
Factory production period: 1944 - 1957
Primary service period: 1946 - 1972
Last official flight: (A-1) 07/11/1972

SKYRAIDER VARIANTS

1945 Model: ? XBT2D-1 25 Total: 0025
         
1946 Model: ? AD-1 242  
1947 Model: ? AD-1Q 35 Total: 0277
         
1948 Model: ? AD-2 156  
1948 Model: ? AD-2Q 21  
1948 Model: ? AD-2QU 1 Total: 0178
         
1948 Model: ? AD-3 125  
1949 Model: ? AD-3N 15  
1949 Model: ? AD-3Q 23  
1949 Model: ? AD-3W 31 Total: 0194
         
1949 Model: ? AD-4 372  
1952 Model: ? AD-4B 165  
1951 Model: ? AD-4N 307  
1949 Model: ? AD-4Q 39  
1950 Model: ? AD-4W 168 Total: 1051
         
1951 Model: ? AD-5 212  
1953 Model: ? AD-5N 239  
1953 Model: ? AD-5S 1  
1953 Model: ? AD-5W 218 Total: 0670
         
1953 Model: ? AD-6 713 Total: 0713
         
1956 Model: ? AD-7 72 Total: 0072

Grand Total: 3180

SKYRAIDER PRODUCTION

XBT2D-1 Dauntless II
Prototype torpedo / dive bomber, single seater, bubble canopy,
4-bladed prop, 2 wing cannons, last 21 aircraft with engine upgrade.
Produced 1944 - 1946

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.09085 / 09109
- 19 as BT2D-1, later XAD-1.
- 2 as XBT2D-1N, later XAD-1N.
- 1 as XBT2D-1P, later XAD-1P.
- 1 as XBT2D-1Q, later XAD-1Q.
- 1 as XBT2D-1W, later XAD-1W.
- 1 as XAD-2.
1913 / 1937

Total: 0025

265 additional airframes cancelled.

AD-1
As XBT2D-1, strengthened wing section and u/c.
Produced 1946 - 1948

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.09110 / 09351 1938 / 2179

Total: 0242

6 additional airframes cancelled.

AD-1Q
As AD-1, 2-seater ECM version, underwing pod.
Produced 1947 - 1948

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.09352 / 09386 2180 / 2214

Total: 0035

AD-2
As AD-1, strengthened airframe, u/c doors added,
engine upgrade, more fuel capacity.
Produced 1948

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.122210 / 122365 6673 / 6828

Total: 0156

AD-2Q
As AD-2, 2-seater ECM version.
Produced 1948 - 1949

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.122366 / 122372 6829 / 6835  
BuNo.122374 / 122387 6837 / 6850

Total: 0021

AD-2QU
As AD-2Q, target-towing aircraft.
Produced 1948

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.122373 6836

Total: 0001

AD-3
As AD-2, longer u/c, redesigned cockpit canopy,
improved prop and cooling sysytem.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.122729 / 122853
- BuNo.122853 modified as
AD-4 prototype.
6851 / 6975

Total: 0125

AD-3N
As AD-3, 3-seater night-attack version.
Produced 1949 - 1950

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.122908 / 122922 7030 / 7044

Total: 0015

AD-3Q
As AD-3, 2-seater ECM version, also able to
convert to AD-3QU for target-towing duties.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.122854 / 122876 6976 / 6998

Total: 0023

AD-3W
As AD-3, 3-seater AEW version, radome, extended cockpit
aft section and stabilising fins.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.122877 / 122907 6999 / 7029

Total: 0031

AD-4
As AD-3, strengthened airframe, minor changes.
28 later converted to AD-4B.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.123771 / 124006 7077 / 7312  
BuNo.127844 / 127879 7859 / 7894  
BuNo.128917 / 129016 8235 / 8334

Total: 0372

30 additional airframes cancelled.

AD-4B
As AD-4, nuclear bomber with special bomb racks,
4 wing cannons. 28 converted from AD-4.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.132227 / 132391 8335 / 8499

Total: 0165

14 additional airframes cancelled.

AD-4N
As AD-4, 3-seater night-attack version.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.124128 / 124156 7434 / 7462  
BuNo.124725 / 124760 7535 / 7570  
BuNo.125707 / 125764
- 35 as AD-4N.
- 23 as AD-4NA.
7600 / 7657  
BuNo.126876 / 127018 7676 / 7818  
BuNo.127880 / 127920 7895 / 7935

Total: 0307

AD-4Q
As AD-4, 2-seater ECM version.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.124037 / 124075 7343 / 7381

Total: 0039

AD-4W
As AD-4, AEW version with ventral radome, extended cockpit
aft section and stabilising fins.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.124076 / 124127 7382 / 7433  
BuNo.124761 / 124777 7571 / 7587  
BuNo.125765 / 125782 7658 / 7675  
BuNo.126836 / 126875 7819 / 7858  
BuNo.127921 / 127961 7936 / 7976

Total: 0168

AD-5
As AD-4, redesigned wider fuselage, engine upgrade,
larger 2-seater extended cockpit, taller tail, 4 wing cannons.
Kits supplied for transport or target-tug conversion.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.132392 / 132476 9409 / 9493  
BuNo.132478 8873  
BuNo.132637 / 132686 9494 / 9543  
BuNo.133854 / 133929 9544 / 9619

Total: 0212

275 additional airframes cancelled.

AD-5N
As AD-5, 4-seater night-attack version.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.132477 8872  
BuNo.132480 / 132636 8875 / 9031  
BuNo.134974 / 135054 10051 / 10131

Total: 0239

84 additional airframes cancelled.

AD-5S
As AD-5, ASW aircraft, later converted to AD-5N.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.132479 8874

Total: 0001

AD-5W
As AD-5, Airborne Early Warning aircraft with ventral radome.
Produced

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.132729 / 132792 9325 / 9388  
BuNo.133757 / 133776 9389 / 9408  
BuNo.135139 / 135222 10216 / 10299  
BuNo.139556 / 139605 11054 / 11103

Total: 0218

96 additional airframes cancelled.

AD-6
As AD-4B, single-seater cockpit, minor changes.
Produced 1953 - 1956

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.134466 / 134637 9695 / 9866  
BuNo.135223 / 135406 9867 / 10050  
BuNo.137492 / 137632 10568 / 10708  
BuNo.139606 / 139821 10838 / 11053

Total: 0713

AD-7
As AD-6, engine upgrade, strengthened u/c, minor changes.
Produced 1956 - 1957

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.142010 / 142081 11490 / 11561

Total: 0072

168 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 3180

SKYRAIDER CONVERSIONS

US Navy

XBT2D-1N 2 XBT2D-1(09098, 09099), 1945, prototype 3-seater night-attack version.
(XAD-1N) 2 1946, redesignation of XBT2D-1N.
XBT2D-1P 1 XBT2D-1(09096), 1945, prototype photo reconn. version.
(XAD-1P) 1 1946, redesignation of XBT2D-1P.
XBT2D-1Q 1 XBT2D-1(09109), 1945, prototype ECM version.
(XAD-1Q) 1 1946, redesignation of XBT2D-1Q.
XBT2D-1W 1 XBT2D-1(09107), 1946, prototype Early Warning aircraft.
(XAD-1W) 1 1946, redesignation of XBT2D-1W.
AD-1S 1 AD-1Q, conversion for anti-submarine duties. 
XAD-2 2 XBT2D-1(09108), 1946, prototype for larger Skyraider version,
engine upgrade, original designation was XBT2D-2.
AD-1(09195), prototype with engine upgrade, more fuel.
AD-2D 2 AD-2, drone director aircraft used in nuclear tests.
AD-3E 2 AD-3W, "E" for electronic search duties.
AD-3S 2 AD-3N, "S" for anti-submarine duties.
AD-4L 63  AD-4, winter version with de-icer boots, 4 wing cannons.
AD-4NA 100 AD-4N (23 factory built), conversions for day attack, 4 wing cannons.
AD-4NL 37 AD-4N, winterised version of the AD-4N, 4 wing cannons.
XAD-5 1 AD-4(124006), prototype to the AD-5.
AD-5Q 54 AD-5N, conversions with ECM equipment.
AD-5R 1+ AD-5, designation when converted as a transport.
AD-5U 1+ AD-5, designation when converted for target-towing.

US Navy / USAF (1962 redesignations)
USAF s/n: original BuNo. prefixed by the FY digits of the original USN order.

A-1D 1+ 1962, redesignation of the AD-4NA.
A-1E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the AD-5.
(NA-1E) 1 A-1E(132443), conversion for testing.
EA-1E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the AD-5W.
A few later upgraded to EA-1E2.
UA-1E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the AD-5U.
EA-1F 1+ 1962, redesignation of the AD-5Q.
A-1G 1+ 1962, redesignation of the AD-5N.
(NA-1G) 1 A-1G(132598), conversion for testing.
A-1H 1+ 1962, redesignation of the AD-6.
A-1J 1+ 1962, redesignation of the AD-7.

British Royal Navy

Skyraider AEW.Mk. 1

50

AD-4W, 1951-1962, aircraft in service with the Royal Navy.
Assigned RN s/n: WT671, WT849, WT943 / WT969,
WT982 / WT987, WV102 / WV107, WV177 / WV185.
WT943 ex. WT097, WT982 ex. WT112,
WT983 ex. WT121.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - Skyraiders in service with the Air Forces of Cambodia (ex. French), Chad
   (ex. French), France, Gabon (ex. French), South Vietnam (ex. USAF)
   and Sweden.

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