Official Us Navy Photograph N. USN 419578 5 Sept. 1950 released by: NATC Patuxent River.
“3/4 front view from below”
The first of two prototype Skynights flew March 23, 1948, and was designated XF3D-1. Designed from the outset for all-weather and night operations, the F3D was the first of its kind to be mass-produced for the United States Navy. The first production F3D-1 Skynight flew on February 13, 1950.
The F3D-2, an improved final production model had larger engine nacelles and carried a nose APG-25 radar installation. The first F3D-2 flew on February 14, 1951, and the production run was 70 Skynights of that basic sub-type were delivered to the U. S. Navy and the U. S. Marine Corps.
The Skynight is a mid-wing cantilever monoplane with laminar-flow wing sections. For carrier operations, its wings fold upwards. The F3D cockpit had side-by-side seating for the two-man crew, contrary to the seating used in the majority of other two-seat all-weather fighters…… Source: Jets and Missles by Andy Bilimovich – Trend Books, 1957