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Douglas A-1J Skyraider 56th SOW, 602nd Fighter Sqn. "No.014"
General Background
The A-1 Skyraider originated as a carrier-based torpedo and dive bomber. Deliveries as the AD-1 to the Navy began in November 1946 and in 1962 was renamed A-1. It was the first single-seat torpedo/dive bomber to serve with the Navy. The primary mission of the A-1 was close air support for ground troops because of its heavy ordnance load and accuracy. The aircraft had great success in Korea and Vietnam. There were 3,180 Skyraiders built in seven major models and 28 different versions. There were 266 A-1s lost in Vietnam.

Some nicknames - Able Dog, Spad, Sandy, Hobo, Firefly, Zorro and "Crazy Water Buffalo," a VNAF nickname.
The Aircraft
Aircraft 52-142014 has the 602nd Special Operations Squadron (SOS) Commander’s four stripes around the fuselage, if it had 5 stripes it would be the Wing Commander’s. The 56th Special Operations Wing (SOW) was formed in March 1967 with its mission to assist U.S. unconventional forces and U.S. friendly foreign government military forces throughout Indochina. The 602nd Special Operations Squadron (SOS) was assigned to the 56th SOW to provide armed escort for SAR operations or armed reconnaissance. They also provided escort for helicopters inserting or extracting Special Operations personnel from Laos and North Vietnam. For three years the 602nd used TT as their tail letters and the call sign Firefly or Sandy for helicopter SAR escort.
Specifications :
Length: 39 ft 3 in
Height: 15 ft 8 in
Wingspan: 50 ft 1/4 in
Wing area: 400.33 sq ft
Empty Weight: 12,070 lbs
Normal Loaded: 18,400 lbs
Maximum Weight: 24,000 lbs
Engine: (1) 2,500 hp Wright R-3350-26WA Duplex Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial, rated at 2,600 hp for takeoff and 2,100 hp at 14,000 feet.
Max. Speed: 342 mph at 15,400 ft
319 mph at sea level
Cruising Speed: 180 mph
Combat Ceiling: 29,400 ft
Combat Radius: 275 miles with 2,000 lbs of bombs
Maximum Ferry Range: 3,240 miles
Armament: (4) 20-mm cannon in the wing
  (6) Racks underneath each outer wing
  (1) Pylon under each inner wing
  (1) Pylon underneath the fuselage centerline