Just been watching a programme on one of the SKY Channels about the SPAD/SANDY as Elmer used to call them: the dark recesses of my mind tellls me that the FAA used to fly these as AEWs prior to the Gannet. Sure I saw a couple chase each other down Whitsand Bay in my youth, painted dark blue/black as opposed to the Gannet paint 2 tone scheme. Can anyone confirm this ? Also, the cannon armed Skyraider was the first USN aircraft to score a "gun kill" when 2 of them trashed a MIG 15 in Vietnam in a head on pass !!!!