The A2D Skyshark was a carrier-borne attack aircraft tested by the US Navy. Developed from the A-1 Skyraider by Douglas, it never entered mass production as only 12 were built, performing its first test flight in March 1950.

The A2D was a single-seat, single-engine aircraft, fitted with low, straight wings and retractable landing gear. Its wings could be folded for storage. It was the first naval aircraft to be powered by a turboprop engine; an Allison XT-40-A-2, which delivered 5,100 hp. However, the aircraft never entered active service because of engine unreliability.

Specifications

Type: carrier-borne attack aircraft

Crew: 1

Wingspan: 50 ft (15.24 m)

Length: 41 ft 3 in (12.58 m

Height: 17 ft 1 in (3.68 m)

Wing area: 400 ft2 (37 m2)

Maximum speed: 501 mph (813 km/h)

Range: 2,200 miles (3,520 km)

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