Douglas F3D/F-10 Skyknight

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January 1986

  • Swordfish, Spectacular WWII Victories
  • Douglas F3D Skyknight
  • Lockheed XFV and Convair XFY VTOL Aircraft

March 2003

  • Thunderbird To Thud Ridge: Col. Jack Broughton flying F-105s in Southeast Asia.
  • Top Guns Of Yankee Station: Vietnam War Navy Squadrons VF-96 & VF-211.
  • Marine Corps Skyknights: Taking Radar Jamming to the Enemy in a Korean War Vintage Jet!

October 1989

  • Night Prowlers
  • Marine Nightfighters in Korea – F7F, F3D, F4U

Manuals & Photos

  • F3D-1 Pilot’s Handbook
  • EF-10B Flight Manual
  • F3D-2 Pilot’s Handbook
  • Over 50 F3D/F-10 photos

Douglas F3D/F-10 Skyknight

General Characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 45 ft 5 in (13.84 m)
  • Wingspan: 50 ft 0 in (15.24 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)
  • Wing area: 400 ft² (37.16 m²)
  • Empty weight: 18,160 lb (8,237 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 21,374 lb (9,694 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 26,850 lb (12,178 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Westinghouse J34-WE-38 turbojets, 3,600 lbf (1633 kg) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 491 knots (565 mph, 909 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,096 m)
  • Cruise speed: 454 mph (394 kn, 731 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 93 mph (81 kn, 150 km/h)
  • Range: 1,200 mi/1,000 nmi, 1,931 km internal (1,374 mi/1,193 nmi, 2,211 km with 2 × 150 gal/568 l tanks)
  • Service ceiling: 38,200 ft (11,643 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,970 ft/min (15.1 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 53.4 lb/ft² (260.9 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.34

Armament

  • Guns: 4 × 20 mm Hispano-Suiza M2 cannon, 200 rpg
  • Rockets: 2 × 11.75 in (29.8 cm) Tiny Tim (rocket)
  • Missiles: 4× Sparrow I air-to-air missiles (F3D-2M)
  • Bombs: 2 × 2,000 lb (900 kg) bombs
XF3D-1
Prototype aircraft, two Westinghouse J34-WE-24 turbojet engines of 3,000 lbf (1,361 kgf), APQ-35 search and target acquisition radar, four 20mm cannon, three built.
F3D-1
Two-seat all-weather day or night-fighter aircraft, powered by two 3,000 lbf Westinghouse J34-WE-32 turbojet engines, tail warning radar, ECM, and other electronics that added over 5,000 lb (2,267 kg) of weight, 28 built. First flight: 13 February 1950.
F3D-1M
12 F3D-1s were converted into missile-armed test aircraft, used in the development of the AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile.
F3D-2
Second Production version, initially powered by two 3,400 lbf (1,542 kgf) Westinghouse J34-WE-36 and later by two 3,600 lbf (1,633 kgf) Westinghouse J34-WE-38 turbojet engines, 565 mph (909 km/h) @ 20,000 ft (6,096 m), equipped with wing spoilers, autopilot and an improved Westinghouse AN/APQ-36 radar, 237 built. First flight: 14 February 1951.
F3D-2B
One F3D-1 was used for special armament test in 1952.
F3D-2M
16 F3D-2s were converted into missile armed aircraft. The F3D-2Ms were armed with AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles.
F3D-2Q
35 F3D-2s were converted into electronic warfare aircraft.
F3D-2T
Five F3D-2s were converted into night fighter training aircraft.
F3D-2T2
55 F3D-2s were used as radar-operator trainers and electronic warfare aircraft
F3D-3
Unbuilt project, intended to be an advanced version incorporating swept wings.
F-10A
1962 re-designation of the F3D-1.
F-10B
1962 re-designation of the F3D-2.
EF-10B
1962 re-designation of the F3D-2Q.
MF-10A
1962 re-designation of the F3D-1M.
MF-10B
1962 re-designation of the F3D-2M.
TF-10B
1962 re-designation of the F3D-2T2.
F3D-2
  • BuNo 124598 – National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola, Florida.
  • BuNo 124629 – Pima Air & Space Museum adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona.
  • BuNo 124630 – Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at MCAS Miramar, California.
  • BuNo 125807 – Combat Air Museum in Topeka, Kansas.
  • BuNo 125870, (repainted as BuNo 127039) – Korean War and Vietnam War memorial in Del Valle Park in Lakewood, California. Originally displayed in 1950s-era dark blue coloring, the aircraft was repainted in 1963 to the grey and white color scheme of Marine Corps aircraft at the time. With this repainting, the aircraft had the tail code “7L,” which was the 1960s-era tail code for Marine Corps Air Reserve and Naval Air Reserve aircraft at nearby Naval Air Station Los Alamitos, California. In 2015, the aircraft was refurbished and painted in grey and white to depict a late 1950s-era Skyknight of VMFT(N)-20 with tail code “BP.”
F3D-2Q
  • BuNo 124618 – National Museum of the Marine Corps, in Quantico, Virginia.
  • BuNo 124620 – Quonset Air Museum at Quonset State Airport (former NAS Quonset Point) in Quonset Point, Rhode Island.
  • BuNo 125850 – Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB, California. This aircraft served until 1970 as part of VMCJ-3 (U.S. Marine Composite Reconnaissance Squadron 3) based at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, carrying tail code “TN.”
F3D-2T
  • BuNo 127074 – Empire State Aerosciences Museum (ESAM) near Schenectady, New York. This F3D was operated by Raytheon in Massachusetts for electronics tests until it was donated to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City, New York. It was displayed at the museum from 1987 until April 2012, when it was one of three aircraft moved to the ESAM to make room for the Space Shuttle Enterprise. It is painted in the livery of U.S. Marine Night Fighter Squadron 513 (VMF(N)-513) as flown during the Korean War.