At a time when nuclear bombs were so large only strategic bombers could carry them, the Navy asked designers to build a jet that could fly one from a carrier. Ed Heinemann produced the versatile Douglas A3D Skywarrior, a plane that outlived the nuclear attack mission as an ELINT platform, jammer and tanker...at a light enough weight to land on a wooden-decked Essex-class carrier.
The Douglas F4D Skyray (later redesignated F-6 Skyray) was an American carrier-based fighter/interceptor built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Although it was in service for a relatively short time and never entered combat, it was notable for being the first carrier-launched aircraft to hold the world's absolute speed record, at 752.943mph, and was the first United States Navy and United States Marine Corps fighter that could exceed Mach 1 in level flight.
Blue Angels flew two F7U Cutlass in 1953 as a promotion for the new aircraft as a sideshow to their main demonstration.At their first airshow one made a forced landing after a take-off incident, while both were forced to land travelling to a Chicago airshow.