Douglas F3D-1 Skynight (Skyknight) by John Schneider

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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

John has had a camera in front of his face for the better part of 60 years and will continue until he gets it right! Please respect the applicable domestic and international copyrights…. Enjoy, purchase or save if you like, but no publication, any media, without written permission.

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  • PineSinger
    PineSingerabout 1 year ago

    What a great vintage shot!

  • Thank you for your kind comment and support!

    – John Schneider

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    Good one John. – Ted

  • Thank you, sir!

    – John Schneider

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 1 year ago

    Thanks for submitting Your Work to the AOTW group.
    - Colin

  • Why no, thank you for accepting into the group!

    – John Schneider

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    Excellent work!!

  • Thank you for commenting and the favorite, much appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 1 year ago

    Fabulous image John! Merry Christmas!

  • Thank you so much…. Have a Merry and a Happy to you and yours!!!

    – John Schneider

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