AD-2 Skyraider

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General info

AD-2 Skyraider in the Garage.

The AD-2 Skyraider is a Rank IV American attacker with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB) and 6.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Skyraider is one of the most iconic propeller driven ground attack aircraft of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Likewise, it's armament certainly lives up to that. Even early on, the 12 HVARs you have can be devastating when used against light pillboxes and medium tanks, quickly turning a very tidy profit with a total of 8 possible launches. Generally your job is to inflict as much damage on the enemy tickets as possible, through pillboxes, ships and tanks.

Vehicle characteristics

The AD-2 Skyraider is a high rank American monoplane attacker with a perfect combination of flight performance and payload. It has decent performance and guns, and can carry a massive payload of well over 4000lbs of equipment, including rockets bombs and torpedoes. The Skyraider has a far forward cockpit, improving visibility and an airbrake capable enough of dealing with steep dives for maximum time on target.

Tactics

When used in all battle modes, be sure to steer clear of enemy fighters, pick the ground targets that are farthest away from the usual dogfight zones, for example, the far left base on [Alternate History] Krysmk has plenty of targets and is seldom visited by Russian aircraft. One of the first weapon modifications you can unlock are torpedoes, a weapon which while seldom used, can turn a very quick profit when aiming for a light cruiser, destroyer or a Japanese aircraft carrier (as British and American ones are far more difficult to sink). With that, you can quickly grind down the payload line until you can carry your maximum ordnance. Once fully upgraded, choose your payload based on your skills in bombing and rockets. If you find you're better at rockets, load tiny tims and aim for heavy targets once your HVARs are used. Otherwise load up the 3000lbs of bombs and obliterate any position you feel.

Specific enemies worth noting

Most heavier armed aircraft such as the Do 335s will tear you apart in seconds, either keep clear of them or kill them quickly.

Counter-tactics

The skyraiders have a surprising level of maneuverability when without load. When engaging keep your energy at all cost, because if that AD dumps his load, all he has to do is drain you of your ability to run to be able to kill you.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Easy to fly.
  • Low stall speed.
  • Handles well at low speed.
  • Excellent payload options.
  • Well armored.
  • Very efficient at killing ground units especially when escorted by friendly fighters.
  • Cheap and reasonable repair costs in all modes.

Cons

  • Very sluggish.
  • Poor offensive armament compared to contemporaries
  • Cannons overheat quickly when not upgraded.
  • Large target, easy prey for fighters.
  • Slow in level flight.
  • High turn time.
  • Air brakes can be damaged on touchdown if deployed during landing.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 2 x 20 mm AN/M3 cannon, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Payloads

  • 12 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 12 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 1 x 2216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedo
  • 2 x 298 mm Tiny Tim rockets + 12 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 12 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 12 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 2 x 298 mm Tiny Tim rockets + 12 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
  • 12 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 1 x 2000 lb M66A2 bomb
  • 12 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Wright R-3350 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 2080 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2400 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1212 kg
Name: Wright R-3350 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 2055 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2375 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1212 kg
Name: Wright R-3350 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 2055 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2375 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1212 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 504 km/h
    • at height: 5,822 m
  • Max altitude: 8,900 m
  • Turn Time: 24.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 600 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,822 m
  • Max altitude: 8,900 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: __._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 600 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 498 km/h
    • at height: 5,822 m
  • Max altitude: 8,900 m
  • Turn Time: 24.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 600 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,822 m
  • Max altitude: 8,900 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: __._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 600 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 498 km/h
    • at height: 5,822 m
  • Max altitude: 8,900 m
  • Turn Time: 24.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 600 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,822 m
  • Max altitude: 8,900 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: __._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 600 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)




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0.54
1.08
1.62
2.16
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Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP

Supercharger Stage #2: 100%

Supercharger Stage #2: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

The piston-engined Skyraider was designed during World War II to meet United States Navy requirements for a carrier-based, single-seat, long-range, high-performance dive/torpedo bomber. It was equipped with the 2700 HP Wright 3350 Duplex-Cyclone Engine, the same engine that equipped to the B-29 Superfortress Bomber. It was designed to replace the Helldiver and the Avenger torpedo bombers as the Navy's primary attack craft. Unfortunately, it didn't serve in WWII due to the program being delayed. It went on to serve in later wars such as Korea and Vietnam.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Skyraider series from live.warthunder.com. Search terms #skyraider and #AD2 are equally used.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png AD-2 Skyraider
Nation USA
Type Attackers
Torpedo Bomber
Dive Bomber
Fighting style Ground Attack

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~5482 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~6560 kg
Takeoff Weight ~9072 kg
Wing Area ~37 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes yes
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 2300 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~535.21 kph at 5822 m
Climb Rate ~10.47 m/s
Turn Time ~23.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~147.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~12085 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~14463 lb
Takeoff Weight ~20000 lb
Wing Area ~400 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes yes
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 2300 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~332.57 mph at 19100 m
Climb Rate 34.35 ft/s
Turn Time 23.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~30.11 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x AN/M3 200 rpg
Payload Option 1
12 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR B rocket
Payload Option 2
12 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR B rocket
1 x 22.5 2216 lbs Mk.13 /late torpedo
Payload Option 3
2 x 🚀 910mm, 569kg Tiny Tim rocket
12 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR B rocket
Payload Option 4
2 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
12 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR B rocket
Payload Option 5
2 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
12 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR B rocket
Payload Option 6
2 x 🚀 910mm, 569kg Tiny Tim rocket
1 x 💣 2000 lbs Bomb
12 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR B rocket
Payload Option 7
1 x 💣 2000 lbs Bomb
2 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
12 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR B rocket
Payload Option 8
2 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
1 x 💣 2000 lbs Bomb
12 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR B rocket
Limits
Max Speed limit 750 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Combat Flaps 520 kph
Max static +G's ~9
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <383 kph
Rudder <420 kph
Elevators <480 kph
Radiator >250 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 466 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Combat Flaps 323 mph
Max static +G's ~9
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <238 mph
Rudder <261 mph
Elevators <298 mph
Radiator >155 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
has automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
1890 m
6201 ft
100% Enginepower 2300 hp
WEP Enginepower 2617 hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
4800 m
15748 ft
100% Enginepower 1900 hp
WEP Enginepower 2162 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)