Duxford Airshow 2011: Flying Legends
Some shots of SOGs favourite aircraft, the Douglas A-1 Skyraider
The Douglas A-1 (formerly AD) Skyraider was an American single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. It became a piston, propeller anachronism in the jet age, and was nicknamed "Spad", after a French World War 1 fighter. The Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career and inspired the straight-winged, slow-flying, jet-powered successor, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog"). For a full detailed history of the aircraft go here.
It was SOGs favorite fixed wing support aircraft due to its weapons load and ability to spend a long time on target.
These shots were taken at the 2011 Duxford Flying Legends airshow in the UK. Unfortunately on the Sunday one of the Skyraiders had a mid-air collision with a P-51 Mustang resulting in the loss of the Mustang. Both pilots survived. More can be found here.