YouTube – A-3 Skywarrior
3 to 7
2- 10,500 lbs ea.
2- 20mm in tail
76 ft. 4 in.
72 ft. 6 in.
The A-3 Skywarrior nicknamed “Whale”, built by Douglas Aircraft, was the largest U.S. Navy carrier-based aircraft.
Early during W. W. II the U.S. Navy began to explore the concept of jet powered aircraft large enough to provide for strategic bombing capability operating from carriers.
In Jan. of 1948 the Navy issued a requirement for the development of a long range carrier based attack aircraft that could carry a 10,000 lb. bomb.
On Sept. 29, 1949 the Navy awarded a contract to Douglas Aircraft for the production and development of the A-3 Skywarrior.
The Navy purchased 282 A-3 Skywarrior aircraft between 1954 and 1961.
Some A-3 Skywarrior aircraft were employed over Vietnam and later in the 1991 Gulf War.
A-3 Skywarrior variants were used for attack, in-flight refueling, training, reconnaissance and for electronic warfare and countermeasures.
The United States Air Force used a version of the A-3 Skywarrior. It saw action in the Vietnam war, primarily as a bomber.
Other U.S.A.F. versions were used for electronic countermeasures and for reconnaissance.
A total of 576 A-3 Skywarrior aircraft of all types were produced.
RC A-3 Skywarrior
For modelers who like early twin engine jets, the RC A-3 Skywarrior makes an interesting RC airplane. However, we have not seen many modeled.
Pictured above is the RC A-3 Skywarrior from Triplet Publications plans. It has a wingspan of 60 in. and a length of 58 in. Recommended power comes from a pair of Plettenberg HP 200/25/4 motors driving WeMoTec 480 Mini Fans. All up weight is around 7 lbs.