1/72 scale Douglas XF5D-1 Skylancer -Great advance of the Douglas F4D Skyray Navy fighter

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#AA-2055   1/72 scale  Douglas XF5D-1 Skylancer  Great advance of the F4D Skyray

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

23 resin parts

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Vac-formed canopy & Decal

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Span 142 mm

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Length 227 mm

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Unit price: US$58

Shipping charge: US$6.50

Each model kit contents 1 set of canopy and 1 sheet of decal. Extra canopies and decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$0.50

Extra canopy

US$0.80

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1947, based on the German Lippish's delta wing design, Douglas designed and produced an excellent F4D-1 Skyray. After Five years of its operation, Douglas engineers collected the weakness and created a new improved fighter, the F4D-2N. The U.S. Navy interested the concept, two prototypes was ordered to Douglas. As it was actually very different with the F4D-1 Skyray, although it was outwardly similar, a new designation F5D-1 Skylancer was given. The F5D-1 was powered by the same engine as used in F4D-1. During its first flight in 1956, it exceeded sound speed easily. The F5D-1 was judged an outstanding interceptor but lost production contract to the Vought F8U-1 Crusader by political motives rather than the technical reasons. It was because Douglas had many military airplane orders from the Navy at that time. After Navy's cancellation, four airplanes were proceeded with various Military tests until 1961. Then two were grounded and two transferred to NASA. It was finally retired in 1970.

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Carrier-based all weather interceptor

To explore aerodynamic improvement to the F4D-1 Skyray

33ft.6in.

53ft.9in.

14ft.10in.

1x Pratt & Whitney J57-P-8 turbojet

990 mph

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4x 20mm cannon (planned on wing)

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Model References

The Douglas XF5D-1 Skylancer is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S. Navy fighter 1946 ~ 1962

Convair XFY-1 Pogo

Convair XF2Y-1 (F-7) Sea Dart

Douglas F3D-1 (F-10) Skyknight

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 

Douglas XF5D-1 Skylancer

Douglas XF6D-1 Missileer

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

Grumman F7F-4N Tigercat

Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat

Grumman F9F-2 Panther

Grumman F9F-6 (F-9) Cougar

Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar

Grumman F11F-1 (F-11) Tiger

Grumman XF12F-1 Lion

Lockheed XFV-1

McDonnell FH-1 Phantom

McDonnell F2H-1 (F-2) Banshee

McDonnell F3H-1N (F-3) Demon

McDonnell F4H-1 (F-4A / F-110A) Phantom II

North American FJ-1 Fury

North American FJ-2 Fury

Ryan XF2R-1 Dark Shark

Vought F4U-5 Corsair

Vought XF5U-1 Flying Pancake

Vought F6U-1 Pirate

Vought F7U-1 Cutlass

Vought F7U-3 Cutlass

Vought F8U-1 (F-8) Crusader

Vought F8U-3 Crusader III

Douglas delta wing fighter

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 

Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer

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The Korean War operation 1950 ~ 1953

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Post war U.S. Navy experimental aircraft