The US Navy's Douglas A2D Skyshark was a
direct--although larger and more powerful--descendant of the legendary AD
(A-1) Skyraider. The most ambitious design feature of the A2D was its
enormous Allison XT-40 turbo-prop engine, which drove two
counter-rotating propellers. The engine was as powerful as a jet and
offered much better fuel economy. Unfortunately, the engine was at the
technology limits for the time and suffered numerous gear box failures.
The Skyshark ended up as a technological dead end.
Note: Each month a different image from the current calendar year is featured here. To avoid
the gnawing 12-month period of suspense to see all 12 pieces (along with lots of aviation
anniversaries (When did the first pig fly?), incredible trivia (What is Godzilla's "birthday"?),
and outrageous quotes from people that should know better) place your
order for the Aerocatures Calendar now!
News & Updates:
- 1/3/13: Hank Caruso's recent article "Lies My Cilia Told Me:
A Spatial Disorientation Primer," along with accompanying
Aerocatures are featured in the Fall 2012 issue of Naval Aviation
News! Click the image below to read the article.
- 12/21/12: CALENDAR UPDATE! The 2013 Aerocatures Calendar has
been printed and is shipping. All orders received on or before 20
December are in the mail via First Class/Priority Mail. Thanks for your
patience and Merry Christmas to all!
We're sorry if you couldn't make it to the Mattedi
event on October 19th, but you can visit them to see a huge selection of framed,
matted, and unadorned Hank Caruso Aerocatures (tm), including two new color
A portrait of the Navy's new electronic attack aircraft, the EA-18G Growler.
"A Future of Past Greatness"
A commemoration of the incredible Space Shuttle program and it's final return to Earth.