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    A piston plane in the jet age.

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    I met two of the last enlisted pilots in the Navy at Monterey in 1966. The flew these.

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    I caught a few landing on the Coral Sea. They were impressive pounders with wings that would fold easily for fast storage.

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    The Ageless Warrior! There's no way that you're old enough to have served on her Ted???

    love the Skyraider and the big ole Wright duplex cyclone
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    My first view of Skyraiders was of them and Corsairs bombing, strafing and napalming Chicoms on the mountains coming into Hungnam, NK in Dec 1950. Many Marines and Army made it out of Chosin to waiting ships because these could give suppressing fire flying from fleet carriers offshore. Great airplanes.
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    Similar bomb load to a B17, too.

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    They say you can always identify an Able Dog Pilot by the oil spots on his flight suit. AD's would still be employed were it not for the A-10 Wart Hog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Good one.
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    Yeah, but it needed an Armed Service paying the bills and a civilian industry of aging WWII engine rebuilders to keep Wright 3350s operating.

    Only the 2 B-29s are flying them regularly now. And they've concocted their own low-load version.

    Even the Sea Fury conversions are switching to 2800s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    Yeah, but it needed an Armed Service paying the bills and a civilian industry of aging WWII engine rebuilders to keep Wright 3350s operating.

    Only the 2 B-29s are flying them regularly now. And they've concocted their own low-load version.

    Even the Sea Fury conversions are switching to 2800s.
    Exactly. Even a helicopter is simple by comparison. Unless it's a helo powered by a piston radial.
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    Loved to have them show up in VN. they were so slow we figured they’d get their bombs on the VC and not us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    There was a Lancaster tail gunner that use to take a brick on ops and chuck it out over the target. Before takeoff the pilot would always ask him if he was bombed up.
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    Probably the best navel attack aircraft ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    They say you can always identify an Able Dog Pilot by the oil spots on his flight suit. AD's would still be employed were it not for the A-10 Wart Hog.
    In the most recent budget, there’s money for new wings for the the A-10. There’s also a current discussion about replacing the A-10 with a turboprop. Here are a couple of contenders:

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    Low flyer eh"
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    Probably the best navel attack aircraft ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    The Ageless Warrior! There's no way that you're old enough to have served on her Ted???

    love the Skyraider and the big ole Wright duplex cyclone
    i saw the AD1 in Panama where I laughed as a kid at these planes in the age of the F14 tomcat. an older Korean Vietnam War vet pilot pointed out these planes were the real deal. He was proud to have flown close ground support and helicopter escort. For countries in Latin America, they were used to put down insurgencies and soften guerilla targets without to much fear up until the late 1980s.

    I saw the AD1 do carrier touch and go aboard the Coral Sea when she as part of a demonstration exercise as she sat off in the Canal Zone. it was like something from WW2. It was a sight and sound that still resonates in my vivid recollection of the old support fighter. It was one of those times when the US flexed it muscle for the Organization of American States.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    i saw the AD1 in Panama where I laughed as a kid at these planes in the age of the F14 tomcat. an older Korean Vietnam War vet pilot pointed out these planes were the real deal. He was proud to have flown close ground support and helicopter escort. For countries in Latin America, they were used to put down insurgencies and soften guerilla targets without to much fear up until the late 1980s.

    I saw the AD1 do carrier touch and go aboard the Coral Sea when she as part of a demonstration exercise as she sat off in the Canal Zone. it was like something from WW2. It was a sight and sound that still resonates in my vivid recollection of the old support fighter. It was one of those times when the US flexed it muscle for the Organization of American States.
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    tough aircraft

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    Yeah.

    And that P-51 pilot used to get snickered-at because he was anal about practicing emergency egress.

    After we saw this footage, all the pilots at the museum where I fly went and practiced it too -- lots of times. And again every spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    Yeah.

    And that P-51 pilot used to get snickered-at because he was anal about practicing emergency egress.

    After we saw this footage, all the pilots at the museum where I fly went and practiced it too -- lots of times. And again every spring.
    like john of phoenix says, "If you want to see a plane crash, go to an air show."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    like john of phoenix says, "If you want to see a plane crash, go to an air show."
    And if you want to see nice boats crash and old men fight, go to a classic yacht show!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    Yeah, but it needed an Armed Service paying the bills and a civilian industry of aging WWII engine rebuilders to keep Wright 3350s operating.

    Only the 2 B-29s are flying them regularly now. And they've concocted their own low-load version.

    Even the Sea Fury conversions are switching to 2800s.

    Except for those switching to R-4360s.

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    And, sometime later...
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    here's an oddity for you pisn

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    not the most graceful landing ever, still a nice catch at the end of the day

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    one fr1 was converted to have a turboprop in place of it radial
    it still sported the rear ge jet

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    Ryan FR Fireball - here seen missing the front half.


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    Found this on Pintrest
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    I was also there in that time frame. Big white ship tied up at Rodman. USNS Chauvenet. Great duty and Panama was fantastic!

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    Can anyone confirm if this cowl is from a Skyraider? It's from something like that.. I photographed it in or near Xepong which is near where Operation Lam Son 719 was fought. Most aircraft losses there were helicopters - with 168 lost, but 7 fixed wing aircraft were also lost, and I suspect this is from one of those.

    Just following through on this, 191 Skyraiders were lost by the USAF in SE Asia according to wiki, with 65 more by the USN and an unidentified number were lost by the South Vietnamese.

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