Douglas Skyraider AEW Mk.1 RN
Under the MDAP (Mutual Defence Assistance Program) the Royal Navy received , from 1951 onwards, a total of fifty Douglas Skyraiders AD-4W. The Royal Navy changed their designation into AEW. Mk1. (Air Early Warning mark one.) Tasking was mainly providing over the horizon radar coverage to protect the British fleet from attack. By doing so they became the first dedicated frontline AEW system. The AN-APS 20 radar was placed in the dome and weighed about one ton. If working properly, it had a range of more than 100 nautical miles. Although , they provided sterling service, they actually saw only combat service during the Suez Crisis in 1956. Normally a “flight” of four Skyraiders were assigned to one carrier.
Crew: Pilot, in the Back Office radio/radar assistant and the LT. Observer.
The model represents A-Flight, on board HMS Eagle during the Suez Crisis November 1956. “Operation Musketeer”
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