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LTV A-7E Corsair II

The A-7E is a single-seat, tactical close air support aircraft. Although designed primarily as a ground attack aircraft, it also has limited air-to-air combat capability. It was derived from the basic A-7 originally developed by LTV for the U.S. Navy. The first A-7 made its initial flight on September 27, 1965. Four were released to the Navy's Flight Test Center at Patuxent River, Maryland, in September, 1966, as A-7A's. The Corsair can carry up to 15,000 pounds of externally mounted mounted bombs, rockets and missiles on six underwing pylons and two stations on the fuselage sides. The aircraft also has an internally mounted 20mm six-barrel cannon on the left side of the nose near the intake. The 199 A-7A's were built with a Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-6 turbofan engine with deliveries of production models beginning on Dec. 23, 1968.


US NAVY A-7E Corsair II

The A-7B was an upgraded version with a stronger TF30-P-8 engine with 12,200 pounds of thrust. A total of 196 A-7B were produced from February 1968 to April 1968. The 387 production A-7D's used the TF41-A-2 engine with 15,000 pounds of thrust. When A-7D production ended in 1976, 459 had been delivered to the USAF. In July, 1969 deliveries of the A-7E began to the US Navy. The E version was similar to the D version with more advanced avionics than earlier Navy models. When loaded with six Mk 82 bombs and 1,000 rounds of 20mm ammo the A-7E could achieve a top speed of 650 mils per hour. Later E models were equipped with a FLIR (Forward Looking InFrared) pod for improved nighttime operation and furthering its all-weather capability.


US NAVY A-7E Corsair II Side View

The museums A-7E on display was delivered to the Navy in December, 1973. Throughout its life it was based at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL, with a variety of squadrons starting with VA-174, the A-7 training squadron for the Navy's East Coast based squadrons. (VA is the Navy code for [V} fixed-wing [A] attack). The markings that are currently displayed on the aircraft are those of VA-72 nicknamed the "Bluehawks".

This squadron and sister squadron VA-46 were the last two active duty Navy A-7 squadrons and participated in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991 while operating from the USS John F Kennedy (CV-67). When the ship returned to the US the two squadrons were disbanded and the aircraft was sent to NAS Memphis, Millington, TN for Storage.


Actual A-7 Strike Photo From Desert Storm

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