Friday, March 24, 2023

Douglas A3D-2P/RA-3B Skywarrior Cockpit

 As with most photographic-reconnaissance airplanes, the pilot was provided with a periscope so he could  orient the airplane for pictures taken by his downward-oriented cameras. The A3D-2P had two periscopes, one for the pilot to position the airplane over the area of interest and one for the photo-navigator in the right seat to trigger the cameras to take pictures of it.

 The viewfinders were large and prominent on the instrument panel:

The cylinder below the viewfinder for the photo-navigator was a radar scope.


  1. Tommy, did you notice that something is "off" about the size of the Trumpeter Skywarrior entrance hatch? I can't place it, but it just doesn't look right.

  2. My understanding based on looking at pictures of the spurs and built models is that the Trumpeter entrance hatch is in the bomber location but is the thicker version configuration, yet another unforced error due to a lack of familiarity with the type. Also see