Towards the end of World War II, information about advanced aeronautical technology was captured in Germany by the U.S. Forces. One of them was an analysis of the studies carried out by Dr. Alexander Lippisch on delta winged aircraft. Based upon the information, the Douglas firm developed the F4D Skyray, the only operational interceptor with delta wings in the U.S. Navy. Starting the design in 1947, Douglas was awarded a contract for the construction and testing of two prototypes in December 1948. The first prototype took off on its maiden flight in January 1951. The second prototype flew shortly thereafter, and the airframe set two new world records, absolute speed record of 1,211 km/h and 100km closed course record of 1,171km/h, in October 1953. Having numerous improvements and refinements, the first production F4D-1 made its maiden flight in June 1954 and entered squadren service in April 1956. The distinctive 50 degree sweptback wings with round tips were equipped with leading edge slats and trailing edge elevons. A set of trimmers were installed on the inboard trailing edges of the wings. The outer portions of the wings could be folded upwards by oil pressure for carrier stowage. Although the Skyray never saw any combat, it proved its high capability as an interceptor with numerous world records and scramble actions in Taiwan in response to crises in the late 1950's.
This is a 1/72 F4D-1 Skyray Airplane from Tamiya. Nicknamed the "Ford," the Skyray was developed based on research by Dr. Alexander Lippisch during WWII and is the Navy's only operational delta wing interceptor to date. Over the course of its development and service life during the 1950s, the F4D-1 set several speed records but never saw combat. Its proposed successor, the F5D, was never produced. FEATURES: Detailed 1:72 scale for static display only. 65 parts in light grey and clear with fine recessed panel lines. Detailed landing gear and enclosed wheel wells. Cockpit detail: control stick, instrument panel, one piece cockpit tub, seated pilot figure, and 2 piece ejection seat. Includes 2 drop tanks, 2 Sidewinder missiles, 2 bombs & 2 rocket pods. MARKING OPTIONS: One decal sheet with 3 marking options: 1: VF(AW)-3, s/n 139164, A/C #17, US Navy. 2: VMF(AW)-114, s/n 139068, A/C #3, US Marines. 3: VMF(AW)-115, s/n 134895, A/C #16, US Marines. Airframe Colors: All: Gull Grey upper surfaces with Gloss white undersides. Detail Colors: Flat: Black, White, Aluminum, Dk Grey, Khaki Drab, Olive Drab, German Grey. Gloss Colors: Black, White, Blue, Red, Gun Metal, Silver. INCLUDES: One 1:72 F4D-1 Skyray Airplane Kit REQUIRES: Assembly Hobby Knife Paint: (see MARKING OPTIONS) Brushes Sandpaper Cement for plastics (TESR3512) Nice-to-have tools: Needle File Set, Sprue Cutter, Airbrush and Accessories SPECS: Scale: 1:72 Wingspan: 5-1/2" (14.1cm) Length: 7-1/2" (19cm) san 9/11/00 ir/jl