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 during the nineteen sixties, 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. The aircraft was also 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 head-up display (HUD), an inertial navigation system (INS), and a turbofan engine.
A-7E Corsair II
Serial BuNo 160713, VA-46 Clansmen. Operated also form USS John F. Kennedy in the Red Sea on the first night of Operation Desert Storm. It has a low visibility scheme and this plane is at the Pima Air Museum, Tucson, Arizona (USA).
Photographed 2010 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
A-7B Corsair II
Serial 154370 , CODE NK-507, c/n: B-010, Attack Squadron 305 (VA-305) "Lobos", Carrier Air Wing Reserve 30 (CVWR-30), NAS Point Mugu, CA, USA. Shown here in typical US NAVY scheme with unit markings of VA-97 (NK-507). Aircraft is on display at San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum (USS Midway - CV-41), San Diego, California USA.
Photographed by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
GALLERY WITH OVER 50 PHOTOGRAPHS:
Details of the A-7 cockpit.
Photographed January 2012 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Details of what seems a A-7D cockpit. It is on display at the USS Midway aircraft museum in San Diego, CA.
Photographed End 2015 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
OFFICIAL USAF COLOUR INFORMATION A-7
from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur. Here the USAF and ANG schemes.
Various plastic scale models have been released. In 1/72 the best kits are from FUJIMI. In 1/32 Trumpeter released a kit of both USAF and US Navy version.
This webpage was first created January 2012 by M. de Vreeze