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Vought A-7E Corsair II

Vought A-7E Corsair II

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The LTV A-7 Corsair II is an American carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft designed and manufactured by Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV).

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The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its design is derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader; in comparison with the F-8, the A-7 is both smaller and restricted to subsonic speeds, its airframe being simpler and cheaper to produce. Following a competitive bid by Vought in response to the United States Navy‘s (USN) VAL (Heavier-than-air, Attack, Light) requirement, an initial contract for the type was issued on 8 February 1964. Development was rapid, first flying on 26 September 1965 and entering squadron service with the USN on 1 February 1967; by the end of that year, A-7s were being deployed overseas for the Vietnam War.

Operational History

In 1960, officials within the United States Navy (USN) began to consider the need to replace its existing fleet of Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, a light attack aircraft.[2] At that time, it was not clear that the A-4 would eventually remain in production until 1979; furthermore, according to aviation authors Bill Gunston and Peter Gilchrist, some figures believed there to be an unmet requirement for a more capable attack platform that could routinely attain supersonic speeds, carry heavier payloads, and fly further than its predecessors. Proponents of a new attack aircraft included Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who urged the Navy’s consideration on the matter

RoleAttack aircraft
National originUnited States
First flight26 September 1965
Introduction1 February 1967
Retired1991 (USN, USAF), 1993 (ANG)
1999 (Portuguese Air Force)
2014 (Hellenic Air Force)
Primary usersUnited States Navy (historical)
United States Air Force (historical)
Portuguese Air Force (historical)
Greek Air Force (historical)
Number built1,545[1]
Developed fromVought F-8 Crusader
VariantsLTV A-7P Corsair II
Vought YA-7F



General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 46 ft 2 in (14.06 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 9 in (11.8 m)
  • Width: 23 ft 9 in (7.24 m) wings folded
  • Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
  • Wing area: 374.9 sq ft (34.83 m2)
  • Airfoil: NACA 65A007 root and tip
  • Empty weight: 19,127 lb (8,676 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 41,998 lb (19,050 kg) overload condition.
  • Fuel capacity: 1,338 US gal (5,060 l; 1,114 imp gal) (10,200 lb (4,600 kg)) internal
  • Powerplant: 1 × Allison TF41-A-2 non-afterburning turbofan engine, 15,000 lbf (66.7 kN) thrust



  • Maximum speed: 600 kn (690 mph, 1,100 km/h) at sea level562 kn (1,041 km/h; 647 mph) at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) with 12x Mk82 bombs595 kn (1,102 km/h; 685 mph) at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) after dropping bombs
  • Range: 1,070 nmi (1,231 mi, 1,981 km) maximum internal fuel
  • Ferry range: 1,342 nmi (1,544 mi, 2,485 km) with maximum internal and external fuel
  • Service ceiling: 42,000 ft (13,000 m) [48]
  • Rate of climb: 15,000 ft/min (76.2 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 77.4 lb/sq ft (378 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.50 (full internal fuel, no stores)
  • Sustained maneuvering performance: 5,300 ft (1,600 m) turning radius at 4.3g and 500 kn (930 km/h; 580 mph) at an All Up Weight (AUW) of 28,765 lb (13,048 kg)
  • Take-off run: 1,705 m (5,594 ft) at 42,000 lb (19,000 kg)


Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

The company was established on 10 December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types