A-1 Skyraider

The dogfight where US Navy A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft scored 1 confirmed and 2 probable MiG Kills

The dogfight where US Navy A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft scored 1 confirmed and 2 probable MiG Kills

The A-1 Skyraider The “Able Dog” or “Spad,” as the A-1 Skyraider was called, earned its stellar reputation as one… Read More

6 days ago

US Navy A-1 pilot recalls when his section of Skyraider attack aircraft shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 fighter jet

The A-1 Skyraider The “Able Dog” or “Spad,” as the A-1 Skyraider was called, earned its stellar reputation as one… Read More

1 month ago

The story of when Clint Eastwood almost drowned after crashing in a US Navy Skyraider off the coast of Northern California

The AD Skyraider The airplane that became the AD (later redesignated A-1) Skyraider evolved from a Navy decision in 1943… Read More

3 months ago

The Story of how the Skyraider became known as “Sandy” and the A-1’s first CSAR Missions

At first, this kind of mission was performed by US Navy A-1s, but by mid August 1965 the 1st ACS… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the US Navy A-1H Skyraider attack aircraft that dropped a Toilet Bomb while on a mission over Mekong Delta during Vietnam War

Yes, this really happened. Once again history is stranger then fiction, and a lot funnier. The photos in this post… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the RA-5C Vigilante reconnaissance/attack navigator who became the only American aviator to escape after being captured in North Vietnam

On Mar. 9, 1967, RVAH-13 RA-5C Vigilante reconnaissance/attack navigator (RAN) Lt(jg) Frank Prendergast embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) became… Read More

2 years ago

“Spads four – MiGs nothing”: Skyraider MiG Kills Part II

Seldom emphasized about the second Skyraider-MiG encounter of the Vietnam War is the probability that three MiGs were destroyed by… Read More

3 years ago

A-1 Vs MiG-17: Skyraider MiG Kills Part I

Aboard Midway, the Spad's radio report was misunderstood as one of the Spads having been downed. Greathouse finally convinced the… Read More

3 years ago

THE FIRST CSAR MISSIONS AND THE STORY OF HOW THE A-1 SKYRAIDER BECAME KNOWN AS “SANDY”

"With over 150 holes in the airplane - one in the right wing big enough to jump through - he… Read More

3 years ago

Bringing them home: Bat 21 and the other big CSAR operations of the Vietnam War

Many shot-down pilots recalled that the sound of a Sandy overhead lifted their spirits in desperate situations. During the Vietnam… Read More

4 years ago

Sandy! How two A-1 Skyraiders provided top Cover for a CSAR Mission to save a Downed OH-6 Crew During the Vietnam War

'Sandy 07' assumed on scene command, directing 'Sandy 08' to stay high and be alert for SA-7 missile launches while… Read More

4 years ago

The incredible story of the Skyraider pilot who landed his SPAD on a besieged airstrip to rescue another crash-landed A-1 pilot

“Myers gave me a couple of hugs and held up a finger, meaning ‘number one,’” Maj. Bernard Fisher, former A-1E… Read More

4 years ago

How A South Vietnamese A-1 Pilot POW saved a US Army AH-1 Pilot POW while They Were taken to Hanoi Hilton

‘I was at the end of my life. And the enemy came. The guard looked down on me. He ordered… Read More

4 years ago

This Cool Photo features the Impressive Ordnance Load Carried by an A-1 Skyraider during a Sandy Mission

The A-1's 12 outer wing stations were able to carry 500-lb class stores. The two Inboard Stations (commonly called stubs)… Read More

4 years ago

A QUICK LOOK AT THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY USAF A-1 SKYRAIDERs IN VIETNAM

The main missions performed by the Skyraider during the Vietnam Conflict had been CAS to ground forces and protection to… Read More

7 years ago