Douglas F4D-1 Skyray: Conveniently Garish.

The American drone controller aircrafts of the 1950s-60s wore some of the most colourful liveries -and there were aplenty- of their era. This F4D-1 of the Naval Air Test Center (NATC), Patuxent River, Maryland is one lovely example. Seen here on display at the Andrews AFB, Maryland (May 1960), this “Ford” was employed by that test center to tow high-speed dart targets -sure handy those colors for that.

Yellow wings, Dayglo Orange International wing stripes / tail feathers and Engine Grey fuselage….an acquired taste, that’s for sure.

Photo: Stephen Miller collection.

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