The US Navy required a single-seat attack aircraft during World War II, but by the time that Douglas Aircraft Company delivered the A1 Skyraider it was too late.
The legendary aircraft would go on to successfully serve in the Korean War, and when it arrived in Vietnam in 1964, officers and pilots alike were hesitant about the effectiveness of the 20-year-old model.
Still, in an era in which fighter aircraft had replaced pistons for turbines and were able to fly faster than Mach 2, the Skyraider won the hearts of all the soldiers who piloted it, earning a prideful spot in the Vietnam War hall of fame.
Join Dark Skies as we explore the world of aviation with cinematic short documentaries featuring the biggest and fastest airplanes ever built, top-secret military projects, and classified missions with hidden untold true stories. Including US, German, and Soviet warplanes, along with aircraft developments that took place during World War I, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War, and special operations mission in between.
As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Skies sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect and soundtracks for emotional impact. We do our best to keep it as visually accurate as possible.
All content on Dark Skies is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas.