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Douglas AD-5N (A-1G) 'Skyraider'

Description
  Manufacturer:Douglas


  Base model:AD
  Designation:AD
  Version:-5N
  Nickname:Skyraider
  Equivalent to: A-1E A1EA-1E
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1946-1962
  Basic role:Attack
  Modified Mission:Night fighter
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 Jim Bremner
 Oak Harbor, WA
I was attached to VC-33, NAS Pomana, just outside of Atlantic City, NJ, from Jan 56 until May 58. We were later redesignated VA(AW)-33, and eventually moved to NAS Quonset Point, RI, April 1958.

During my 28 months with the squadron I became a qualified aircrewman, made a West Pac cruise on the USS Bennington CVA 20, and I made third class Photographer. Those were exciting days for a young man away from home for the first time. I was 18 years old, and had the world by the tail. I enjoyed being on my own so much I decided to stay in the Navy.

I done three combat tours in Viet Nam, aboard the USS Coral Sea CVA 43, got to Australia twice, and became a Photographic Systems Tech of the RF8G Crusader, and was selected from the Tripartite Evaluation Squadron for the VSTOL Kestral, P1127, Aircraft, later known as the AV8 Harrier, now flown by the Marine Corp.

Looking back, I really enjoyed my time as a radar navigator on the AD5N Skyraider, it was a powerful aircraft that kept us out of trouble on several occasions. I logged several hundred hours in it, and kept coming back for more.

I transferred to Fleet Reserve on 11 September 1973 and enjoyed every moment of it. Twenty years went by before I knew it...It was a great ride, I'm glad I decided to stay.



06/11/2012 @ 22:59 [ref: 59595]
 Corbett G Elam
 West Liberty, KY
I was a plane Captain of this aircraft on CVA-20 USS Bennington during the WESTPAC cruise of 10/56-05/57....My plane was sitting on the corner of the fantail one night during a horrible storm so I double latched it and sat in it holding the brakes with both knees knocking the whole time!! Great plane, many memories.
12/26/2011 @ 18:47 [ref: 51495]
 Delmar DeLashmutt
 Soldotna/Yuma, AK
I flew the AD5N stationed at NAS North Island WAAW35 1956/59 Westpac/ USS Lexington, Great Cruise, excellant crew, Loved the plane. Now Retired Delta Capt.
09/19/2011 @ 13:27 [ref: 49113]
 Jim Bremner
 , WA
VC33 was my first Naval Command, after completing AN(P) School. We were redesignated VA(AW)33 shortly after my arrival. I was attached from 1/56 until 4/58 and made a WestPac Cruise from 10/56 until 5/57 on the USS Bennington CVA-20, out of San Diego, California.
Near the end of the cruise we were tasked with visiting Sydney,Australia to participate in the annerversary of the "Battle of the Coral Sea". It was a great trip. Little did I know that I would revisit Sydney, Australia ON the Coral Sea CVA34, just 6 years later. I have many wonderful memories of the time I spent downunder.
I will never forget that trip. It was marred by a state funeral being conducted in Arlington Cemetary, on day arrived in the United States; they were putting the body John F. Kennedy to rest. God rest his soul!
09/08/2011 @ 13:34 [ref: 48797]
 Myron (Mickey) Palmer PT2
 Colchester, VT
I flew in the AD5N and AD5Q out of Quonset Point RI and on VAW 33 DET 33 in the Med (USS Saratoga CVA-60)from 1958 thru 1960. I flew back seat and mostly with LTJG Tom Hultman as the driver during the cruise. He went down shortly after I left the squadron. Lt. Hassett was the squadron leader on the detachment. Tom and I flew Air Cap when Eisenhower reviewed the fleet in '59 and then burned off the rest of our gas sightseeing the French Alps before returning to the ship. Pulled 57 inches of manifold pressure getting out of a box canyon. Tom got his ass chewed out when we landed :-) We had a lot of fun though.
07/07/2011 @ 07:53 [ref: 39911]
 Myron (Mickey) Palmer PT2
 , VT
I flew in the AD5N and AD5Q out of Quonset Point RI and on VAW 33 DET 33 in the Med (USS Saratoga CVA-60)from 1958 thru 1960. I flew back seat and mostly with LTJG Tom Hultman as the driver during the cruise. He went down shortly after I left the squadron. Lt. Hassett was the squadron leader on the detachment. Tom and I flew Air Cap when Eisenhower reviewed the fleet in '59 and then burned off the rest of our gas sightseeing the French Alps before returning to the ship. Pulled 57 inches of manifold pressure getting out of a box canyon. Tom got his ass chewed out when we landed :-) We had a lot of fun though.
07/07/2011 @ 07:52 [ref: 39910]
 Al Zimmerman
 Aurora, OH
I was really surprised to view this photo on my computer today. The same picture is on my wall. Because I was flying one of the aircraft in the picture. Now at 80 I was pleased to remember the day the picture was taken. Wonderful memory. Al Zimmerman
02/12/2011 @ 06:28 [ref: 35982]
 Mike Grady
 Roswell, GA
Flew in the 5 Nan from Jan 1956 through 1960 with a squadron out of Atlantic Ciy NAS, VC-33 later changed to
VA-AW-33 (all waeather attack)/ We were pathfinder aircraft for the single place AD-6's. Great airplane & great crews who flew in them. Squadron changed to VAQ-33 in 1959 & flew the AD-5Q. The queens had ecm gear.
09/29/2010 @ 07:02 [ref: 30952]
 BILL FABREY
 Sharpsville, PA

served in VF(AW)4, Nas Atlantic City in 57/58 we had AD5N's
F9F's and F2h's, plane capatin on all of the aircraft, went on cruise with the AD-5N, flew from Atlantic City to Norfolk in AD5N loaded aboarde USS VALLEY FORGE, only cruise with AD5N, loved that plane, hard to keep clean
10/19/2009 @ 11:48 [ref: 25198]

 

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