This Douglas AD-4N Skyraider Is an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick for Warbird Fans

Seemingly obsolete at its debut, this ground attack aircraft carried piston combat into the 1970s.

Piston-powered Skyraiders continud fighting through the Jet Age. [Courtesy: Raptor Aviation]

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When I was a kid, building model airplanes was my main avocation and the local hobby shop, my favorite destination. Proprietors Bob and Ed had served in the Korean War, so when I bought a Douglas Skyraider model, they began sharing stories about the airplane’s special qualities, like long range, targeting accuracy, and load-carrying ability. Indeed, despite the rise of jets, hard-working Skyraiders stuck around for decades, through the Vietnam War, where they saw lots of action.

Today, the Skyraider is a fairly rare sight. When one shows up at an airshow, crowds form around it. It seems like you can always overhear people saying things like, “It’s much bigger than I realized.” The airplane is famous for its size and strength, which enabled it to carry huge loads of ordnance and absorb extreme combat damage and continue flying.

This Skyraider has 4,000 hours on the airframe, 800 hours on its Wright R3350-26WD engine since overhaul, and 745 hours on the propeller. The panel includes an Apollo GX65 GPS/Comm, Becker radio, ARC 400 marker beacon receiver, dual Collins Proline 51R7 navs, Collins 51V5 glideslope receiver,  King DME, and RCA AVQ-95 transponder.

The aircraft comes with a spares package that includes an engine with 600 hours since overhaul, another engine disassembled, 18 factory-new engine cylinders, set of wheels and brakes, four main tires and two tailwheel tires, horizontal stabilizer, and miscellaneous avionics and instruments.

Pilots who are ready for upper-level warbird operations—but want to fly something a bit farther outside the ordinary—should take a look at this 1952 Douglas AD-4N Skyraider, which is available on AircraftForSale.

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Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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