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Vietnam

Vought A-7B Corsair II

In 1963, when the US Navy sought to create a successor to the A-4 Skyhawk, the cost and speed of aircraft production were major concerns.  

Chance Vought ultimately developed and produced a derivative of the F-8 Crusader, the subsonic A-7 Corsair II for a cost of about one million dollars.  

The A-7 possessed unheard target accuracy, low loses, long range and was popular with pilots and mechanics.  After five million flight hours the A-7 became the US militaries most cost effective aerial weapon.  

The A-7 was one of the first combat aircraft to use the turbofan engine, Heads Up Display (HUD) and Doppler bound inertial navigation system with Projected Map Display System (PMDS) that are standard equipment on many modern jets.  

The turbofan engine, produced for the F-111, provided a dramatic increase in fuel-efficiency using six times less fuel than the F-100 at equal thrust.  

The A-7’s integrated radar and navigation system fed the digital weapons computer producing a precise drop from a greater distance which improved the survivability of the aircraft.

The early A-7’s arrived in Vietnam in 1967, the later D model flew 12,938 sorties with only four losses, less than any US fighter in Vietnam.  

The A-7’s production ended in 1984, it spent its final US missions in the Gulf War in 1990.  Many airframes are still in service around the globe today. 

Service History of 154475

Delivered: Nov, 25, 1968

Jan 1971 - VA-46 NAS Cecil Field, with deployments aboard

USS John F Kennedy

Sept 1977 - VA-203 NAS Jacksonville

July 1983 - VA-205 Atlanta

June 1984 - MASDC/Davis Monthan AFB, Tuscon, AZ

MFG: Chance Vought

First Produced: 1968

Powerplant: (1) P&W TF30-P-408

Thrust: 13,400 lbs

Service Ceiling: 40,000 ft

Cruise: 535 mph

Top Speed: 578 mph

Range: 3,050 miles with tanks

Empty Weight: 19,111 lbs

Gross Weight: 42,000 lbs

Wing Span: 38’9”

Wing Area: 375 sq. ft

Length: 46’1.5”

Height: 16’

Armament: (2) Mk 12 20 mm

canon, (2) AIM-9 Sidewinders,

10,000 lbs of ordnance

Number Built: 1,569 total

196 B models

 

This aircraft was acquired by Yanks in October of 2002.