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|FS2002/FS2004 Douglas F4D-1 Skyray. The F4D-1 was the initial production version of the Skyray.F4D-1s were used by a total of eleven Navy squadrons and six Marine Corps fighter squadrons, as well as by three reserve squadrons and by several specialized units.However, The service life of the Skyray with the Navy and USMC was relatively brief, since the aircraft was specialized to the high-altitude interception role and lacked the multi-mission capability that was becoming increasingly important.The Skyray had a good climb rate, a high ceiling, a relatively high speed, and a good radar, all features which made it a good interceptor. However, it had a reputation of being a difficult plane to fly.Three kinds of model(Clear / with Pylon / with Weapon) are included.by Kazunori Ito.|
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Added on: Oct-06-2007 FS2004 2.66 Kb Oct-06-2007
Douglas F4D-1 SkyRay
by Kazunori Ito
1.Description of this aircraft
3.About the installation
4.About the operations
5.About free software
6.About the directions point in FS2004
1. [ Description of this aircraft ]
The F4D-1 was the initial production version of the Skyray.
It had been ordered by the Navy in March of 1953, and was to have been powered by the Pratt & Whitney J57-P-2 axial-flow turbojet offering 9700 lb.s.t. dry and 14,800 lb.s.t. with afterburning.
The modifications needed to adapt the Skyray to the Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet were considerable, and approximately 80 percent of the airframe had to be redesigned.
The first production F4D-1 (BuNo 130740) took off on its maiden flight on June 5, 1954.
It exceeded the speed of sound in level flight during its first flight.
During flight test, frequent engine stalls were encountered at high speeds above 40,000 feet, and it was found necessary to modify the geometry of the air intakes and to add an airflow baffle plate ahead of each air intake in order to alleviate this problem.
Changes also had to be made to the fairing around the afterburner exhaust in order to make the airflow smoother, eliminating a high-speed turbulence problem that had been encountered during early flight testing of the F4D-1 with the J57 engine.
It was not until early 1956 that the first production F4D-1s could be delivered to Navy service units.
The first Navy unit to receive Skyrays was Composite Squadron 3 (VC-3) based at NAS Moffett in California, which got its first planes on April 16, 1956.
This outfit performed the initial service evaluation of the type.
The first truly operational unit was VF-74 at NAS Oceana in Virginia, which came on line in mid 1956.
In early 1957, Skyrays were issued to the Marine Corps, the first unit to receive the type being VMF-115 based at MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina.
A total of 419 production F4D-1s were built, the last example being delivered on December 22, 1958.
At least 230 others were cancelled.
On May 22 and 23, 1958, Major Edward N. LeFaivre of the Marine Corps set five time-to-height records in F4D-1 BuNo 130745.
These were 3000 meters (9842.5 feet) in 44.39 seconds, 6000 meters (19,685 feet) in 1 min 6.13 seconds, 9000 meters (29,527.5 feet) in 1 minute 29.81 seconds, 12,000 meters (39,370 feet) in 1 minute 51.23 seconds, and 15,000 meters (49,212.5 feet) in 2 minutes 36.05 seconds.
Late production F4D-1s were powered by the J57-P-8,P-8A, or P-8B turbojet which offered 10,200 lb.s.t. dry and 16,000 lb.s.t. with afterburning.
The F4D-1 was equipped with an APQ-50A radar mounted in the nose.
This radar was interfaced with an Aero 13F fire control system.
Later production versions were equipped with seven hardpoints for external loads, three under each wing and one on the ventral fuselage centerline.
Underwing loads could consist of six pods, each containing seven 2.75-inch unguided rockets, four pods containing 19 2.75-inch rockets each, two 2000-pound bombs, or two Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
VC-3 was later redesignated VFAW-3, and was attached for a time to the Air Defense Command.
While with the ADC, VFAW-3 was based at NAS North Island, San Diego, California.
These aircraft participated in the aerial defense of the United States, and carried an electronics package on the fuselage centerline pylon, a pair of 300-gallon underwing drop tanks, a pack of 12 2.75-inch unguided rockets on each of the outer underwing pylons, and a Sidewinder air-to-missile on each of the wing root pylons.
F4D-1s were used by a total of eleven Navy squadrons and six Marine Corps fighter squadrons, as well as by three reserve squadrons and by several specialized units.
The Navy squadrons using the Skyray were VFAW-3, VF-13, VF-23, VF-51, VF-74, VF-101, VF-102, VF-141, VF-162, VF-213, VF-881, VF-882.
The Marine Corps units using the Skyray were VMF-113, VMF-114, VMF-115, VMF-215, VMF-314, VMF-513, VMF-531, VMF-542.
Both carrier- and land-based units were equipped with the Skyray.
In September of 1962, the F4D-1 was redesignated F-6A under the new tri-service designation system.
By this time, the Skyray was in service with only four front-line squadrons (VFAW-3, VMF-114, VMF(AW)-542, and VMF-531) and with three reserve units (VF-881, VF-882, and VMF-215).
VMF(AW)-542 was the last active duty Skyray squadron, rotating back to the USA in November 1963 from Atsugi, Japan.
The service life of the Skyray with the Navy and USMC was relatively brief, since the aircraft was specialized to the high-altitude interception role and lacked the multi-mission capability that was becoming increasingly important.
The Skyray had a good climb rate, a high ceiling, a relatively high speed, and a good radar, all features which made it a good interceptor.
However, it had a reputation of being a difficult plane to fly.
The last Skyray left service on February 29, 1964.
The Skyray never saw any combat, although it was deployed to Taiwan in 1958 and to Guantanamo in 1962 in response to crises.
In 1956, F4D-1 BuNo 134759 was transferred to NACA at Ames for various research and development tasks.
It was retired in 1959.
2. [ Specification ]
Length: 45'3" (13.9m)
Wingspan: 33'6" (10.2m)
Height: 13' (3.9m)
Empty Weights: 16,024 lb
Maximum Takeoff Weights: 27,116 lb
Engine: P&W J57-P Turbo Jet x1 (Thrust 4,125kg)
Max Speed: 722 mph (1,220km/h)
Ceiling: 55,000 feet
Range: 700 mi (1,580km)
Four 20 mm cannons, 4,000 pounds of stores
3. [ About the installation ]
The airframe must copy the F4D-1 SkyRay folder as it is in the Aircraft folder of FS2002 or FS2004.
Please copy all files in the gauges folder onto the gauge in the Gauges folder of FS2002 or FS2004.
A general gauge is saved for the gauge bundled this time.
The Gauges of Kingair and Beech_Baron , GPS are not bundled.
Please set up it by yourself.
4. [ About the operations ]
Shift+"E" = Canopy Open/Shut
"/" = AirBrack Open/Shut
F5 - F8 = leading edge slat(as flap) Open/Shut
!! A special key operation !!
Tail Hook Key ("K") = Tail Hook Down/Up
"K" is an arbitrary key that you are setting as Tail Hook key.
Wingfold Key ("B") = Wingfold Down/Up
"B" is an arbitrary key that you are setting as Wingfold key.
* for special key operation, *
* It is likely not to operate according to a set method of *
* your FS or the state of other Add-on tool. *
5. [ About free software ]
All aircraft that I made are free software.
The reprint and the repaint may go freely.
However, please defend the following conditions.
1.The change in contents of this file is prohibited.
(Please distribute it like the Zip file of the current state when distributing it. )
2.Please neither reverse-assembly nor never remodel(convert) it of the aircraft model.
3.Please don't bundle my airframe(MDL file) in the package of your works when you open the repaint to the public.
(Please open only the texture to the public. )
4.Don't use DXT format for making texture.
Please make it by the format that everyone can change.
It is necessary to be able to read and change with usual drawing software.
5.It is prohibited to bundle and to open a new panel to the public to my aircraft model.
(Please open only the panel to the public.
It is included in this file, and remodeling the panel that uses the panel background and the change in the panel background are prohibited. )
6.I maintain the copyright of the aircraft model and the panel background.
7.The copyright of the gauge belongs to the author.
6. [ About the directions point in FS2004 ]
This aircraft model is made by using FSDS Ver2.24.
Therefore, it is possible to play basically in FS2004(FS9).
For a wide large-scale aircraft, the distortion is caused and the phenomenon of the aerofoil tip's disappearing happens in the spot shooting mode.
If this phenomenon happens, Please switch to the spot shooting mode by using other small aircraft.
Afterwards, if this aircraft is selected, it is normally displayed.
Please give mail to the following mail address when there is a recommendation of making the opinion and the thing that doesn't come.
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