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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Saturday, May 20, 2017

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Warbirds - Douglas Skyraider

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 attracted some heavy-hitting warbirds, and one of the most impressive was the massive Douglas Skyraider.  The Skyraider first flew in March of 1945, and thus missed combat in World War II.  It did prove to be a successful naval attack aircraft in the Korean War, and later served in the U.S. forces and South Vietnamese Air Force in Southeast Asia into the 1970s.  The Skyraider was used in the close air support role, delivering ordinance while assisting U.S. combat search and rescue forces during the Vietnam War.

Featured here are three Skyraiders.  Bad News, an AD-1 owned by the Warbird Heritage Foundation and based in Waukegan, IL.  The other two, AD-6 (500) and AD-5W (703), are owned by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and saw service in the 1960s and 1970s.  They have very interesting service histories.


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