F4D Skyray Special Edition CD

Price: $9.95

  • CD contains 3 magazines
  • All in Acrobat PDF format
  • Print a personal copy
  • Allow 1 week for US delivery

December 1997

  • Killer Rays, Douglas F4D Skyray and F5D Skylancer
  • Fighter Bomber, Evolution of the Air Force’s Strike Fighter from A-36 to F-15

May 2002

  • Have You Flown a Ford Lately? The Douglas F4D Skyray
  • Putting the Ox before the Cart, the Lockheed A-12

November 2005

  • Good, Better, Best
  • The Popeye Intercept, North American’s F-86D Sabre Dog
  • X-15 Astronauts
  • Schneider Cup Races in Baltimore

Bonus Features

  • F4D-1 Flight Handbook 1960
  • F4D-1 Flight Handbook Supplement 1957
  • Over 100 photos of the F4D Skyray!

Vital Statistics

f4d-diagramGeneral characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 45 ft 3 in (13.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 0 in (3.96 m)
  • Wing area: 557 ft² (52 m²)
  • Empty weight: 16,024 lb (7,268 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 22,648 lb (10,273 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 27,116 lb (12,300 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J57-P-8, ?8A or ?8B turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 10,200 lbf (45 kN)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 16,000 lbf (71 kN)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 722 mph (627 kn, 1,162 km/h)
  • Range: 700 mi (610 nmi, 1,100 km) combat
  • Ferry range: 1,200 mi (1,040 nmi, 1,900 km)
  • Service ceiling: 55,000 ft (17,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 18,300 ft/min (93.3 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 41 lb/ft² (198 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.71

Armament

  • Guns: 4 × 20 mm Colt Mk 12 cannon, 2 each just aft of the wing leading edge, mid-wing, underside, with 65 rounds/gun
  • Rockets:
    • 6 pods of 7 2.75 in (70 mm) unguided rockets or
    • 4 pods of 19 2.75 in (70 mm) unguided rockets
  • Missiles: 4 × AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
  • Bombs: 2 × 2,000 lb (907 kg) bombs

Avionics

  • APQ-50A radar
  • Aero 13F fire-control radar
XF4D-1
Prototypes, redesignated YF-6A in 1962, two built
F4D-1
Single-seat fighter aircraft, production model redesignated F-6A in 1962, 420 built.
F4D-2
Re-engined F4D-1 with the J57-F-14, 100 on order cancelled.
F4D-2N
F4D-2 version with extended nose housing twin radar scanners, project only evolved into the F5D Skylancer.
YF-6A
XF4D-1 prototypes redesignated in 1962.
F-6A
F4D-1 redesignated in 1962.
XF4D-1
  • 124587 – U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
F4D-1 (F-6A)
  • 134748 – Pima Air and Space Museum adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum.
  • 134764 – Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum.
  • 134806 – National Naval Aviation Museum
  • 134836 – New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
  • 134936 – Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum at Pueblo Memorial Airport, Colorado.
  • 134950 – Aviation Heritage Park at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum.
  • 139177 – Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum.