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Douglas Skyraider in Detail
The Airframe

n By Dan Kut
n Additional photos by Robert Lundin


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Svensk Flygtjänst operated a total of 13 Skyraiders as turget tugs between 1962 till 1976. The aircraft carried civilian registrations of  SE-EBA to -EBM. In the late sixties, the fourteenth aircraft was assembled from spare parts, as a replacement for a crashed specimen, and designated SE-EBN.

SE-EBB shown here was initially delivered to the Fleet Air Arm in 1952 and served  with  radar surveillance until 1962. In this year the aircraft had been converted to a target tug configuration and delivered to Sweden on October  23, 1962.

Photo: Dan Kut

 

Overview from 7 a'clock. Apart from the radar belly, the other external differences between a normal Skyraider and the AD-4W/AEW.1 is the dorsal spine and the replacement of the airbrake with door for the radar operator. Also notice the omittance of auxiliary tail stabilisers.
 

Photo: Dan Kut


Front of the engine and propeller are clearly visible here. The towing hook has replaced the "pregnant" radar belly of the original configuration.

Photo: Dan Kut

 


Port side details. One of the modifications as a target tug was the addition of a second, larger bubble-shaped window just aft of the door - on both sides of the fuselage.

Note the matt black wing walkway. Also visible is the detail of the fuselage spine.
  

Photo: Dan Kut

 


The Wright Cyclone R-3350-26WA engine exposed. The strange blueish tinge comes from the camera's flash. The original color was  black as on  the other pictures.

Photo: Dan Kut

 

Tug operator's entry door.

Photo: Robert Lundin

 


Starboard outer wing in the folded position.

Photo: Dan Kut

Port wing leading edge features this cylindrical shape. If I recall  correctly it is a light with a grill in front of it.

Photo: Dan Kut

Overview of the wing folding mechanism, landing flap profile and drop tank mount.
 

Photo: Dan Kut


Two close-ups on the folding mechanism.


 

Photo: Dan Kut

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