NORAD’s finest

Another picture for you with the same idea as previous. Only difference is this is a Navy fighter jet, not an Air Force.
This is the F4D-1 Skyray (F-6A), a Navy/Marine Corps jet interceptor introduced in the second half of 1950s. An aircraft was designed exclusively for high-altitude interception mission and was unable to provide multi-role combat capabilities for the new generation of warfare. During its service an aircraft became one of the most remarkable amongst American fighters in a climb performance. Skyray was the only type of a naval fighter jet which is served with NORAD. The assigned squadron, a VF(AW)-3, had always excelled the Air Force in intercept effectiveness, flight safety maintenance and overall combat readiness. F-4D Skyray was phased out of service in 1964.
The car is a 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, though its looking a bit unusual because of a front bumper, hood and front side skirts. It is possible that photo was taken on a China Lake Naval Air Station.
The photo is from a personal collection of a Quentin H. Burden (as a caption reads Mr. Burden was an A3D naval strategic bomber project pilot, for Douglas Aircraft Company) from Tiger Drew (perhaps he’s the guy who’s captured on photo).
via flickr of http://www.flickr.com/photos/skyhawkpc/
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