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With heavy bomb loads under their wings, several of the squadron's AD-6s are ready to take off without the aid of a catapult while the pilot of an F7U Cutlass watches from his cockpit. (NMNA) supe~6arriers. The pilot of an AD-6 from VA-145 prepares to take off from the angled flight deck of USS HORNET, CVA-12, in 1957. Skyraiders could take off from the angled landing area of converted ESSEX class carriers without the use of catapults while the jet fighters and other aircraft used the two catapults at the forward end of the ship.
The strut cover varied in size and shape from one version to another. The catapult bridle hook was painted gloss yellow. Top right: Details inside the two wells are revealed in this photograph that looks up and aft under the left wing. Details inside the forward part of the left wheel well are illustrated in this view. Bottom left: An overall view from behind the left main gear shows details of the brakes on the inside of the wheel. Again note the hinged strut braces and the actuating cylinder between them.
This high visibility paint scheme is quite different from the one seen on the AD-4B on page 38. (NMNA) 40 A-1 E COCKPIT COLORS Right: The four photographs on this page were taken in the A-1E Skyraider on display at the United States Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio. This close-up view shows the gun sight above the instrument panel. It is located on the left side in front of the pilot. (Wilkes) / Below center: The Air Force added flight controls on the right side of the cockpit, but the flying instruments were located in front of the pilot on the left side.
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