Douglas AD-7 Skyraider

Last revised October 23, 2001


The AD-7 was the final production version of the Skyraider. It differed from the AD-6 in having an R-3350-26WB engine instead of a R-3350-26WA. It also had a strengthened undercarriage, more robust engine mountings, and stronger wing outer panels.  Otherwise, it was much the same as the AD-6 which preceded it.

72 AD-7s were built, the last one leaving the production line on February 18, 1957. This brought Skyraider production to an end. A total of 3180 Skyraiders of all versions had been built. Two further batches of 84 AD-7 aircraft each were cancelled.

In September of 1962, surviving AD-7s were redesignated A-1J.

Specification of Douglas AD-7 Skyraider

Engine: One Wright R-3350-26WB Duplex Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial engine rated at 2700 hp for takeoff and 2100 hp at 14,000 feet. Performance: Maximum speed 343 mph at 20,000 feet, 316 mph at sea level. 195 mph cruising speed, initial climb rate 3230 ft/min, Service ceiling 30,650 feet, Combat range 1300 nautical miles with 2000 lbs of bombs, 12 HVAR and 2 150 gallon drop tanks. Weights: 12,100 pounds empty, 22,800 pounds normal loaded, 25,000 pounds maximum. Dimensions: Wingspan 50 feet 0 1/4 inches, length 39 feet 3 inches, height 15 feet 8 inches, wing area 400.33 square feet. Armament: Four 20-mm cannon in the wing.

Serial Numbers of Douglas AD-7 Skyraider


142010/142081		Douglas AD-7 Skyraider
				c/n 11490/11561.


Sources:


  1. Douglas A-1 Skyraider, Robert F. Dorr, Osprey, 1989

  2. McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Since 1920, Vol 1, Rene J. Francillon, Naval Institute Press, 1988

  3. The Douglas Skyraider, Harry Gann, Aircraft in Profile, Doubleday, NY.