Kit #AA2048. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In June 1945, with the success of the high performance AD Skyraider, the U.S. Navy asked Douglas to design a new version of the AD powered with a turbo-prop. Allison designed the power-plant and proposed to install a pair of nose-mounted engines to drive two contra-rotating propellers. In cruise flight, one of the engines and propellers could be shut down to increase the flight range. In 1947, two prototypes - designated XA2D-1 Skyshark - were ordered. The first flight was made in 1950. Performance was satisfactory, but an engine vibration problem appeared. With the outbreak of the Korean War, the U.S. Navy needed a new carrier-based attack aircraft and the A2D-1 was ordered into production. However, the engine problem persisted and the first prototype crashed. The flight tests continued until one of the pre-production aircraft crashed in 1954. After that incident, the A2D-1 never flew again. Limited quantities available from remaining Anigrand stock! ORDER NOW before it TAKES OFF into the wild blue yonder!