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* [https://www.historynet.com/able-dog-was-the-ad-skyraider-the-best-attack-bomber-ever-built.htm [History Net<nowiki>]</nowiki> Able Dog: Was the AD Skyraider the Best Attack Bomber Ever Built?] ([https://web.archive.org/web/20210418234140/https://www.historynet.com/able-dog-was-the-ad-skyraider-the-best-attack-bomber-ever-built.htm Web Archive])
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Revision as of 23:54, 18 April 2021

VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
AD-2
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AD-2
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Description

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

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.

The AD-2 Skyraider is a high rank American monoplane strike aircraft with a perfect combination of flight performance and payload. It has decent performance and guns, and can carry a massive payload of well over 4,000 lb 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.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 5 821 m593 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude8 900 m
EngineWright R-3350
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight9 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,822 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 504 498 8900 24.3 24.8 4.9 6.9 600
Upgraded 628 593 20.6 21.0 22.9 17.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
797 680 N/A 345 252 ~12 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 460 < 480 < 410 > 300
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,890 m 2,300 hp 2,617 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,800 m 1,900 hp 2,162 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural797 km/h
Gear680 km/h
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Armour plating lower engine cowling
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Armour plating behind pilot's seat
  • 40 mm Bulletproof glass - Windshield

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 210 → 4 031 Sl icon.png
RB6 900 → 8 666 Sl icon.png
SB9 800 → 12 308 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications58 300 Rp icon.png
134 200 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training74 000 Sl icon.png
Experts260 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 210 / 310 % Sl icon.png
178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
4 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
4 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
SBC mk.I
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow right 0.png
Mods pilon torpedo.png
TC mk.I
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 700 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
anm2_belt_pack
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
LFRC mk.12
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
MBC mk.I
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
anm3_new_gun
Research:
4 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
LBC mk.I
Research:
4 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm M3 cannon
Ammunition400 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: M3 (20 mm)

The AD-2 is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

Number of setups13
List of setups
Setup 112 x HVAR rockets
Setup 21 x Mk.13-1 Case torpedo (1927 lbs)
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 312 x HVAR rockets
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
Setup 42 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 52 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 61 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
Setup 72 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
Setup 82 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
Setup 92 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 102 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 111 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
Setup 122 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets
Setup 132 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
12 x HVAR rockets

The AD-2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 12 x HVAR rockets
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 1,927 lb Mk.13-1 Case torpedo
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x Tiny Tim rockets (2,000 lb total)
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 12 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (4,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

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 3,000 lb of bombs and obliterate any position you feel.

Counter-tactics

The Skyraiders have a surprising level of maneuverability when they are clean of their ordinance. 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 gain the advantage and take you out.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

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

Cons

  • Very sluggish with full payload
  • 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

History

The piston-engine 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 2,700 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 with distinction in later wars such as Korea and Vietnam.

Media

Videos

See also

Related development
  • Douglas A2D Skyshark
  • Douglas AD-4 Skyraider
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


Douglas Aircraft Company
Attackers  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · AD-2 · AD-4
Bombers  A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT · B-18A · BTD-1 · SBD-3 · TBD-1
Turboprop  A2D-1
Jet fighters  F3D-1
Jet attackers  A-4B · A-4E Early
Export  ▄AD-4 · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7 · ▄Havoc Mk I

USA strike aircraft
Douglas  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · A2D-1 · AD-2 · AD-4
North American  A-36 · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J
Other  AM-1 · AU-1 · XA-38