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Douglas Skyraider AEW1 (WT121)

Douglas Skyraider AEW1 (WT121)

Ex US Navy 124121

24/01/1951 - first Flight
02/1951 - with VC11 (unit D 08/1951 to 05/1952)
08/1952 - with VC12
10/1952 - to Quonset Point for major overhaul
09/03/1953 - to NAS Norfolk (arrived 16/03/1953)
24/04/1953 - preserved for shipment
01/05/1953 - prepared for delivery to UK
03/07/1953 - preserved again
15/09/1953 - left onboard USS Green Mountain State
25/09/1953 - arrived at RNAS Abbotsinch
18/03/1954 - arrived at RNAS Culdrose, to 849 NAS E Flt coded 326; E Flt became D Flt
17/08/1955 - to RNAS Hal Far
14/09/1955 - preserved for shipment to UK as upper deck cargo - cancelled
22/06/1956 - flown back to UK
06/07/1956 - arrived at RNAS Culdrose and rejoined D Flt coded 428
05/1957 - recoded 428/B
13/11/1957 - to C Flt
02/12/1957 - back to D Flt
30/10/1958 - transferred to HQ Flt for modernisation - completed on 05/06/1959 and recoded 415
22/09/1960 - retired to Aircraft Holding Unit, Culdrose and stored. Kept for display at several Air Days
21/04/1972 - airlifted under Sea King HAS1 (XV698) of 706 NAS to RFA Engadine off Cornish coast. By sea to a point off the South coast, then lifted to RNAS Yeovilton under Sea King HAS1 (XV649) of 737 NAS for preservation at FAAM
13/11/1999 - to Reserve Collection at Cobham Hall Store

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Three seat airborne early warning aircraft

Manufacturers - Douglas Aircraft Co

Power plant - One 2,700hp

Wright Cyclone R3350-26WA

Wingspan - 50ft 0.25in

Length - 39ft 3.75ins

Height - 15ft 8ins

Weight - 25,000lbs loaded

Max speed - 250mph cruising

Range - 3,000 miles

Armament - Nil


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