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Restoration for Skyraider prototype
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00
While on display at Oceana, the XAD-1 wore the markings of an A-1H Skyraider from VA-15 ‘Valions’. In April 1965 the unit was assigned to NAS Oceana to begin transition from the Skyraider to the A-6A Intruder. The BuNo. 109102, is ficticious: this number was part of a batch allocated to night-fighter Grumman F6F-5N Hellcats, but with the end of the war that contract was cancelled. Alex Hrapunov
A historic prototype Douglas XAD-1, one of 25 prototypes that evolved in to the Douglas Skyraider, was removed from external display at the US Navy Oceana’s Aviation Historical Park at Oceana, Virginia during May, and moved to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Land Museum in New York City, where it will be restored and eventually put on display. The aircraft is owned by the National Museum of the Marine Corps, at Quantico, Virginia.
Originally ordered as an XBT2D-1 in July 1944, the machine, c/n 1930 / BuNo. 09102, was the 18th of the 25 prototype and Service Trial series aircraft built and accepted by the U.S. Navy between June 1945 and May 1948.