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A little weekend project. I decided to update my Skyrays painting. The F4D-1 was the US Navy's first airplane capable of supersonic speed in level flight. The Skyray was quite the performer in its day having a spectacular rate and angle of climb. The Skyray set a new time to altitude record flying from a complete stop to 50,000 feet in 2 minutes and 36.05 seconds, all while flying at a 70 degree pitch angle.
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Love these things. I built a 1/48 scale model when I was about 10, loved it ever since. As much as I've flown combat sims, I really wish somebody would make an alternate history sim wiith AC of the mid 50s to mid 60s in a hot war. I bet this machine woulda been great.