A-7E Corsair II Walk Around Photo Feature
This is a walk around of an A-7E Corsair II Carrier Based Jet Attack Aircraft, I took these Photos at the Maps Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio in July 2015.
The Ling-Temco_Vought A-7 Corsair II is a carrier-based subsonic light attack aircraft introduced to replace the United States Navy's Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, initially entering service during the Vietnam War. The Corsair II was later adopted by the United States Air Force, to include the Air National Guard, to replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraider, North American F-100 Super Sabre and Republic F-105 Thunderchief. The aircraft was exported to Greece in the 1970s, and Portugal and Thailand in the late 1980s. The A-7 airframe design was based on the successful supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader. It was one of the first combat aircraft to feature a heads-up display (HUD), an inertial navigation system (INS), and a turbofan engine. In the 1980s F16's began to replace the A-7's in the Air National Guard units and the last of the A-7E's were retired in 1993.
- 1967-1971 the U.S. Navy equipped 27 squadrons with the A-7A/B/C/D aircraft.
- 98 aircraft were lost during the Vietnam War
- 1965 The United States Air Force ordered a version of the A-7D.
- USAF A-7D's few sorties in Cambodia in support of the Lon Nul government.
- In 1974 the Navy begin to transfer the A-7's to the Air National Guard.
- Navy A-7E squadrons VA-15 & VA-87 flew close air support for the invasion of Grenada in 1983.
- Navy A-7's provided air support for the U.S. mission in Lebanon in 1983.
- Navy A-7's were involved in the dispute with Libya in 1986.
- Two squadrons were deployed off of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) for Operation Desert Shield in August 1990.
- The 4450th Tactical Group at Nellis AFB was the last active USAF use of the A-7 Corsair.
- Role: Attack
- Country of Origin: United States
- Manufacturer: Ling-Temco-Vought
- Produced: 1965 - 1984 1,569 built
- First Flight: September 26, 1965
- Introduction: February 1, 1967
- Retired: June 1, 1993
- Cruise Speed: 545 mph
- Range: 700 miles
- Power-plant: 1 Allison TF-41-A-2 non-after-burning turbofan engine with 15,000 lbs thrust
- Armament: 1 M61A1 Vulcan 20mm Rotary Cannon, 6 under-wing and 2 under fuselage hard-points for a total of 15,000 lbs of arms.
- Wingspan: 38 feet 9 inches
- Length: 46 feet 2 inches
- Height: 16 feet 1 inches
- Wing area: 374 square feet
- Weights: Empty 19,127 lbs, Maximum Take-Off 41,998 lbs
- Maximum speed: 690 mph
- Ceiling: 42,000 feet
- Range: 1,231 miles
Commonly Equiped Weapons:
- 4x LAU-10 Rocket Pods with 5 inch MK 32 Zuni Rockets
- 2x AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile
- 2x AGM-45 Shrike Anti-radiation missile
- 2x AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile
- 2x AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missile
- Up to 30x 500 lb Mark 82 bombs or Mark 80 series of unguided bombs
- Paveway series of laser-guided bombs
- 2x AGM-62 Walleye TV-guided glide bomb
- 2x GBU-8 HOBOS electro-optically guided glide bomb
- Up to 4x B28, B43, B57, B61, or B83 Nuclear bombs
The Display Aircraft's Service Record. A-7E #159268
- Mar 1974 Built at LTV Aviation, Dallas, Texas.
- Delivered to the US Navy on March 21, 1974
- Attack Squadron (VA-66) Deployed aboard U.S.S. Independence (CVA-62)
- to the Mediterranean (twice) and to the North Atlantic
- Deployed aboard U.S.S. Eisenhower (CVN-69) to the Mediterranean and to the Indian Ocean
- Apr 1981 Naval Air Rework Facility, Jacksonville, Florida
- Aug 1982 VA-174, Deployed to the U.S.S. Eisenhower to the Mediterranean
- Apr 1984 VA-105 Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida
- Jun 1984 VA-15 Deployed aboard U.S.S. Independence to Indian Ocean
- Oct 1984 VA-82 Deployed aboard U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN-68) to the North Atlantic
- Feb 1985 VA-46 Deployed aboard U.S.S. America to the North Atlantic
- Feb 1988 VA-105 Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida
- Jan 1990 Dropped from inventory and moved to Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
- Jun 1991 Delivered to the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum New York, New York.
- During this time the A-7E appeared in the movie "National Treasure".
- Nov 2004 Placed on indefinite loan to MAPS from the United States Navy.