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Skylancer!

19 October 2015

40° 33′ 50″ N / 84° 10′ 24″ W

Douglas F5D Skylance at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum by Sam Upchurch 2015

Douglas F5D Skylancer at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum by Sam Upchurch 2015

The Skylancer looks much like its ancestral Douglas F4D Skyray. It performed well, like the record holding F4D, but only a handful were built since the U.S. Navy favored the Chance Vought F8U Crusader over it once the flight testing was completed. Although the F4D and F5D were similar in appearance (e.g., the wingspans are identical) the F5D was such a large change, especially in construction (e.g., the wing skin on the F5D is much less in gauge), the USN decided upon an individual designation. Two of the four are left, and this one is displayed at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, named after and for famed astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Missile bay door detail of the Douglas F5D Skylancer at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum by Sam Upchurch 2015

Missile bay door and landing gear details of the Douglas F5D Skylancer at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum by Sam Upchurch 2015

Cockpit canopy detail of the Douglas F5D Skylancer at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum by Sam Upchurch 2015

Cockpit canopy detail of the Douglas F5D Skylancer at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum by Sam Upchurch 2015

Here is a comparison table for the F5D and the F4D-1:

Performance F5D Skylancer F4D-1 Skyray
Max Speed 990 mph 722 mph
Length 53’ 9¾” 45’ 3”
Width 33” 6” 33’ 6”
Range 1335 miles 700 miles
Thrust 10,200 pounds dry/16,000 afterburner 10,200 pounds dry/16,000 afterburner
Thrust:Weight 0.65 0.71

Our thanks to Sam Upchurch for this excellent image and taking the time to detour as well as to capture it in such good lighting 🙂

     
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