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a1e skyraider

In 1963, the U.S. Air Force began a program to modify the AD-5 Skyraider for service in Vietnam and redesignated it the A-1E. Because of its ability to carry large bomb loads, absorb heavy ground fire, and fly for long periods at low altitude, the A-1E was particularly suited for close-support missions. a1e


  • Span: 50 ft. 1/4 in.
  • Length: 40 ft.
  • Height: 15 ft. 9 5/8 in.
  • Weight: 24,782 lbs. maximum
  • Armament: Four 20mm cannons and a wide assortment of bombs, rockets, mines, grenades, flares and gun pods
  • Engine: Wright R-3350 of 2,700 hp.
  • Cost: $414,000


  • Maximum speed: 325 mph.
  • Cruising speed: 240 mph.
  • Range: 1,500 miles
  • Service Ceiling: 26,200 ft.

A1E's were referred to as "Sandy," a name derived from their USAF tactical call sign in Vietnam