Short Straw, Korean War Book Review
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Memoirs of Korea
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson

Memoirs of Korea Page 14

The A-1 Skyraider over Korea in the Korean War

The A-1E Skyraider was 40' 1" long, 15' 10" high and had a wingspan of 50' 9".  The Skyraider had an empty weight of 12,313 lbs and a maximum weight fo 25,000 lbs.  It used 1 Wright R-3350-26WA 2700 hp radial engine giving it a cruise speed of 200 mph and a maximum speed of 311mph with a climb rate of 2,300 ft/min and a service ceiling of only 26,000 feet.  The A-1E  had a maximum range of  1,202 miles.  Later versions the A-1J used a Wright R-3350-26W engine with 3020 hp with a maximum speed of 322mph and range of 1,316 miles. 
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