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Douglas A-3 Skywarrior. A photo. Characteristics.
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior. A photo. Characteristics.

Douglas A-3 Skywarrior. A photo. Characteristics.


A type: Twin-engine jet aircraft electronic countermeasures

Crew: Flight crew of three and four operator systems

Another project of Ed Heinemann, designed and built at the company "Douglas" in El Segundo, California. Plane A3D (a designation it received in the beginning) "Skayuorrior» (Skywarrior - heavenly warrior) when entered service in the Navy in December 1954 years, the world's first strategic bomber deck *. Designed on the basis of the delivery of thermonuclear bombs and has sufficient reserves of strength and length, allowing its placement on future superavianostsah class "Forrestal" airplane "Pratt & Whitney" featuring a large bomb bay, radar to "blind" the bombing and remotely controlled tail turret Aero-21V .

Towering even larger flight decks of aircraft carriers, new attack, the aircraft quickly gained the nickname "Vale» (Whale - Whale) as the pilots and other members of the aviation units. The company "Douglas" was awarded a contract for the construction of aircraft 280 "Skayuorrior", the last of which (the planes A3D-2Q EW) entered the Navy in January 1961 years. Fly off just a little more than ten years as a heavy bomber aircraft "Skayuorrior" by the middle of 1960 years was replaced in this role, for which it was intended, more mobile and therefore has greater survivability of the aircraft A-B "Intruder» (Intruder), although Service aircraft "Skayuorrior" Navy continued for 25 years. Due to its size "Skayuorrior" I was very suitable for other tasks, such as air refueling (option SC-SG), intelligence (RA-3B), preparation of radar operators / navigators (version TA-SG) and electronic countermeasures (modification EA-SG).

Having participated in the Vietnam War, the aircraft "Skayuorrior" finally disappeared from the decks of aircraft carriers at the end of 1980-ies, although several aircraft EA-pollutant lasted so long that took part in the fighting during the Gulf War, performing flights from coastal air bases . Today, more than a dozen aircraft "Skayuorrior" owned and operated by the company "Hughes Aircraft» (Hughes Aircraft), based in California, to perform work related to defense.

* In the US, unlike the Russian Federation, its concept exists strategic aircraft. In our country, these include aircraft with intercontinental range. - Note. Ed.

Basic data


  • Length: 23,35 m
  • Wingspan: 22,1 m
  • Height: 7,13 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 18 685 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 35 380 kg on the ground

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 1032 km / h
  • Range: 2057 km

Power point: two engines J57-10companies "Pratt & Whitney"

Power: 111,17 kN thrust

Date of first flight:

  • 28 1952 October, the

The surviving airworthy modifications:EA-SG, NRA-3B and TA-SG


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