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AD-5 landing on carrier? Korean war?

May 4 2013 at 12:12 PM
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In Flight Journal magazine, Oct. 2002 there is a photo in the Skyraider article written by Thomas L. Thomson. Caption says it is a VC-35 AD-4NL Skyraider landing on the USS Essex--photo by Bill Travolte.

Same photo appears in Warren Thompson's excellent book, "Naval Aviation in the Korean War" on page 127 as "VC-33 Skyraider on the Lake Champlain" in May, 1953.

The angle of approach shows the front end of the Skyraider and the canopy stretching across the entire width of the fuselage, just like an AD-5. The wing mounts and sonar also seem consistent with an AD-5.

I cannot post the photo. Can anyone look at the photo and verify the AD-5?

There is no record of AD-5's in the Korean War either land or sea based.

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I remember that photo very well.

May 4 2013, 12:21 PM 

It's miscaptioned, no doubt about it. Flight Journal's not perfect.

No one has ever been able to prove that ANY AD-5s saw combat in Korea, though there seems to be some evidence that there were some on the ground in Korea before the end of 1953.

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(Login RexTN)
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as Snake says, that is a caption error

May 4 2013, 12:25 PM 

it falls into the same stack as the Warbird Tech caption that states VC-33 was on the ground at Korea

in that one, you can see Corn "in tassle" between the AD-5s and the building behind them

also, the USN says they didn't get to Korea during the conflict


one from each squadron??,,"geeez Rex, how many display cases will that take up?"


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