SKYKNIGHT
SKYKNIGHT

Manufacturer

DOUGLAS

Markings:

Marine Night Fighter Training Squadron 20 (VMFT(N)-20), Cherry Point MCAS, North Carolina

Designation:

TF-10B

Serial Number:

124629

DOUGLAS TF-10B SKYKNIGHT

Work on the Skyknight began in 1945 with a Navy request for proposals for a two-seat jet night fighter. The prototype took to the air for the first time in March 1948 and the first production aircraft began entering service in 1950. The second version of the Skyknight designate F3D-2 was intended to use a larger Westinghouse J46 engine. However, problems with this engine an its eventual cancellation left this later version with only a slight upgraded version of the original J34 engine. Skynights served extensively in the Korean War and had more kills than any other Navy or Marine night fighter. The F3D remained in service until 1970, as a trainer and electronic warfare aircraft.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 50 ft
  • Length: 45 ft 5 in
  • Height: 16 ft 1 in
  • Weight: 23,574 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 565 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 38,200 ft
  • Range: 1,540 miles
  • Engines: 2 Westinghouse J34-WE-36 turbojets with 3,400 pounds of thrust e
  • Crew: 2