Sword 1/72 F3D-2 Skyknight
|KIT #:||SW 72074|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||New tool kit|
The Douglas F3D Skyknight (later designated F-10 Skyknight) was a United States twin-engine, mid-wing jet fighter aircraft manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California. The F3D was designed as a carrier-based all-weather night fighter and saw service with the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The mission of the F3D-2 was to search out and destroy enemy aircraft at night.
The F3D Skyknight was never produced in great numbers but it did achieve many firsts in its role as a night fighter over Korea. While it never achieved the fame of the North American F-86 Sabre, it did down several Soviet-built MiG-15s as a night fighter over Korea with only one air-to-air loss of its own against a Chinese MiG-15 on the night of 29 May 1953.
The Skyknight played an important role in the development of the radar guided AIM-7 Sparrow missile which lead to further guided air-to-air missile developments. It also served as an electronic warfare platform in the Vietnam War as a precursor to the EA-6A Intruder and EA-6B Prowler. The aircraft is sometimes unofficially called "Skynight", dropping the second "k". The unusual, portly profile earned it the nickname "Willie the Whale". Some Vietnam War U.S. Marine veterans have referred to the Skyknight as "Drut" whose meaning becomes obvious when read backward. This may be in reference to its age, unflattering looks or its low slung intakes that made it vulnerable to foreign object damage (FOD).
Even after it was retired from active service (by which time it had become the F-10), it was used as a test platform. This was due to its docile handling and capacious avionics space. I believe that last military user was the US Army. About a dozen are extant in museums, most of these in coastal locations.
After decades of having only the Matchbox kit in this scale, we now have a more up-to-date option and I'm sure this one will sell quite well.
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