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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
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.