The Skyraider, affectionately known as the ‘Spad’, served with the US Navy in many roles, from the late 1940s until the 1980s. Our variant in Subic Bay is the 3-seat night fighter version. It is armed with four 20mm cannons and numerous hard-points under the wings for bombs, rockets or extra fuel tanks.
The wreck sits upright at 36m and is virtually intact, except for a missing propeller. Inside the cockpit area, all of the flight controls and instruments are recognizable, The radar operator’s parachute can still be seen in the rear fuselage.