The Douglas A-1 (formerly AD)
Skyraider was a U.S. single-seat attack bomber of the
1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. A propeller-driven anachronism in
the jet age, the Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful
career well into the space age, and inspired a straight-winged,
slow-flying, jet-powered successor which is still in front line
service today, the A-10 Warthog.
What do you know about
the A-1 Skyraider? Try this Vietnam War History Made Easy Trivia
After a designation change to AD-1, when did delivery of
the first production aircraft to a fleet squadron was made to
- December 1946
- December 1947
- December 1948
2. The first A-1s going into action from
the USS Valley Forge with VA-55 on July 3, 1950.
3. During the Korean War (1950–1953) A-1
Skyraiders were flown only by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine
Corps. What color was it normally painted?
- Dark Navy Blue
- Sky Blue
4. In 1965, the A-1 Skyraider was still
the medium attack aircraft in many carrier air wings, although
it was slated to be replaced as part of the general switch to
jet aircraft. What was to replace the A-1?
- A-3A Combat
- A-6A Intruder
- A-16A Golden Eagle
5. During the war, how many A-1 Navy
Skyraiders shot down two Soviet-built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17
6. USAF Major Bernard F. Fisher piloted an
A-1E on the March 10 1966 mission for which he was received a
medal the Medal of Honor for rescuing Major "Jump"
Myers at A Shau Special Forces Camp. What was the medal?
- Silver Star
- Air Force Cross
- Medal of Honor
7. As the Vietnam war progressed, USAF
A-1s were painted in dark Navy blue.
8. In 1965, to highlight the dropping of
the six millionth pound of ordnance; Commander Clarence J.
Stoddard, flying an A-1H, dropped a special, one-time only,
object in addition to his other munitions. What did he drop?
- A spaghetti bomb
- A toilet
- A paper bomb
9. A-1E (AF Serial No. 52-132649) is on
display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in
Dayton, Ohio. This aircraft was originally a US Navy aircraft
assigned Bureau Number (BuNo) 132649. Transferred to USAF, it
was flown by Major Bernard Francis Fisher on 10 March 10 1966
when he rescued a fellow pilot shot down over South Vietnam in
the midst of enemy troops.
10. Production of the A-1 ended in 1957.
How many were built?