The A-7 was also exported to Greece in the 1970s and to Portugal in the late 1980s. The USAF and USN opted to retire
their remaining examples of the type in 1991, followed by the ANG in 1993 and the Portuguese Air Force in 1999.

LTV Corsair II "1965"

Role Attack aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Ling-Temco-Vought
First flight 26 September 1965
Introduction 1 February 1967
Retired 1991 (USN, USAF), 1993 (ANG)
1999 (Portuguese Air Force) / 2014 (Hellenic Air Force)
Primary users United States Navy (historical)
United States Air Force (historical)
Portuguese Air Force (historical) Greek Air Force (historical)
Produced 1965– 1984
Number built 1,545
Developed from Vought F-8 Crusader
Variants LTV A-7P Corsair II
Vought YA-7F




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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

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Ling Temco Vought Corsair II 1965)

The A-7 was also exported to Greece in the 1970s and to Portugal in the late 1980s. The USAF and USN opted to retire their remaining examples of the type in 1991, followed by the ANG in 1993 and the Portuguese Air Force in 1999. The A-7 was largely replaced by newer generation fighters such as the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon and the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The final operator, the Hellenic Air Force, withdrew the last A-7s during 2014.

Specifications

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)
  • 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)) 
  • Powerplant: 1 × Allison TF41-A-2 non-afterburning turbofan engine.

Performance

  • 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)  (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
  • Service ceiling: 42,000 ft (13,000 m) 
  • 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)
  • Armament

    • Guns:M61A1 Vulcan 20 mm (0.79 in) rotary cannon with 1,030 rounds
    • Hardpoints: 6× under-wing and 2× fuselage pylon stations (for mounting AIM-9 Sidewinder AAMs only) with a capacity of 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) total capacity,with provisions to carry combinations of
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The A-7 was also exported to Greece in the 1970s and to Portugal in the late 1980s. The USAF and USN opted to retire their remaining examples of the type in 1991, followed by the ANG in 1993 and the Portuguese Air Force in 1999.