Short Straw, Korean War Book Review


Short Straw
Memoirs of Korea
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson

Short Straw, A3D Skynight Jet Fighter.

Memoirs of Korea Page 9

Photos and specs of the F10 / A3D Skyknight Vietnam jet fighter from captain Bernard Peterson author of short straw.

Short Straw is a tremendous book written by Captain Bernard W. Peterson about the Korean War and the F3D-2 / F-10 Skyknight.  This is a photo of the F3D-2 or more commonly know as the F-10 Skyknight.   The A3 Skyknight is 46' 6" long, 16' high with a wingspan of 50'.  The Skynight weighs 18,160 lbs empty and has a max gross weight of 26,850 lbs.  It has two Westinghouse J34-WE-36 Jet engines each producing 3,400 lbs of thrust.  The skyknight has a max range of 1,200 miles, a cruise speed of 350 mph a max speed of 600 mph and a maximum rate of climb of 4,500 ft/min.    

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Douglas F3D-2 Skynight - Used exclusively by a U.S. Marine Corps squadron in Korea, primarily as a night fighter, taking advantage of its radar.  This fine VMF (N)-513 night fighter squadron was flying out of a west coast field called K-8, near the village of Kunsan.

The Skynight was powered by two 3400 lb thrust J34-WE-36 engines.  During my retraining phase at El Toro in 1951,  I had a fiw flights in this plane, since it was a two seat side-by-side aircraft, making it ideal as an instrument checkout plane. Each one of us retreaded Marine pilots was required to have his full instrument ticket before being put on an overseas draft for Korea.

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