My dad was Combat Aircrew on Douglas AD-4 and AD-5 Skyraiders in and after Korea. When I was a kid (long after he’d been commissioned and gotten a berth as the Communications Officer on USS Oklahoma City – see that antenna on the bow? That was his antenna – and Navy “Spads” had been retired), he use to tell me that the Skyraider had “the instantaneous firepower of a light cruiser”. That is, he said it could put out as much ordnance at one time as a CL (or CLG).
Now, I had a model of a Skyraider; and it did indeed carry a formidable array of armaments. Bombs, rockets, guns… I’d hate to be on the receiving end. But to have a “one-time broadside” of a surface vessel? :dubious:
You can see the three six-inch, 47 caliber guns on the forward turret, and the two 5"/38 antiaircraft guns behind it. It also carried Talos surface-to-air missiles. I don’t know what else she carried after her conversion to a CLG; but before then she sported twelve 6"/47, twelve 5"/38AA, twenty-eight 40mm, and ten 20mm guns.
By comparison, the AD-1 Skyraider carried four 20mm cannon and 12 underwing hardpoints to which high-explosive rockets or bombs would be attached.
So we have a guided-missile light cruiser that at a single moment could release three 6" shells, two 5" shells and two SAMs; and maybe some other fire, though I don’t know what else she had. And we have an airplane that can release four bursts from 20mm cannons, and 25,000 of ordnance.
Did the “Spad” actually have “the instantaneous firepower of a light cruiser”?