Douglas AD-4 Skyraider – #20-QT, EC-2/20, Armee de l’Air, Algeria 1960s
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA2916: Douglas AD-4 Skyraider #20-QT of EC-2/20, Armee de l’Air, Algeria, 1960s. Production run of only 400 models.
Length 6.5 inches Wingspan 8.25 inches
In 1959 using the US Military Assistance Program the Armee de l’Air (AA, the French Air Force) was able to obtain ninety three used USN Skyraiders made up of AD-4N, AD-4NA and a few AD-4. The purpose of this acquisition was combat insurgents in Algeria, a French colony until 1962. In 1965 some of these Skyraiders were sent to Cambodia. Skyraider F-TFQT code 20-QT was delivered on September 8, 1961. In 1963 20-QT was sent to EAA 601 (Air Force warehouse) Chateaudun AB and withdrawn from use.
Designed by Douglas’ chief engineer Ed Heinemann, the A1 was first flown on March 18th, 1945. Used in Vietnam for close air support and for providing cover for combat rescue missions, the Skyraider was valued for its ability to devastate enemy ground targets. It had four 20-mm guns installed in the wings, and could be equipped with additional combinations of bombs, mines, gun pods and rockets. The Skyraider was large for a single-engine, single-seat low monoplane-its bigger-than-average fuselage had plenty of space for modification and could be used for carrying passengers, medical provisions or heavy cargo.