After Old AF Sarge's wonderful blogpost last Friday where he featured the Douglas Skyraider, I felt compelled to dig into my own modest photo archives and do a post on the same aircraft that Aaron of The Shekel and I saw this past summer at Thunder Over Michigan.
At Thunder over Michigan 2013, there were Skyraiders. Big, beautiful bad-guy-smacking Skyraiders. (click on the pics for close-up awesomeness.)
There was this AD-1.
this AD-5W four-seater, sitting there looking lethal.
this AD-5W, shown here getting a clean-up in between flights. Got to get all of that soot away from the exhausts.
And they flew, too. Here's one leading a flight of three, with an A-4 Skyhawk on one wing and an F-4U Corsair on the other. radial engine harmony accented by jet roar.
And yeah, it goes without saying that I need one of these.