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A-7 Corsair II

First Flight

April 14, 1959


Entrance Gate Guardian

Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 1
Length: 46 ft 2 in (14.06 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 9 in (11.8 m)
Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
Empty Weight: 19,127 lb (8,676 kg)
Max Take Off Weight: 41,998 lb (19,050 kg) overload condition.


Speed: Maximum – 600 kn (690 mph, 1,100 km/h) at sea level
Service Ceiling: 42,000 ft (13,000 m)
Range: 1,070 nmi (1,231 mi, 1,981 km) maximum internal fuel


Static Aircraft


Guns: 1x M61A1 Vulcan 20 mm, 1,030 rds
Hardpoints: 8 (6x under-wing, 2x fuselage for AIM-9), 15,000 lb capacity. Can carry:

Rockets: 4x LAU-10 pods (4x 127 mm Zuni each)
Missiles: Various (e.g., 2x AIM-9, AGM-45, AGM-65, AGM-88)
Bombs: Various (e.g., 30x 500 lb Mk 82, Mk 80 series, Paveway LGBs, 4x B28/B43/B57/B61/B83 nukes)
Other: Up to 4x 300/330/370 US gal drop tanks

Loan Status

This aircraft on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum on behalf of the Navy History and Heritage Command

A-7 Corsair II aka “Short Little Ugly Fella or SLUF”
SN – 153135

The LTV A-7 Corsair II is a carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft designed and manufactured by American conglomerate Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV). The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as a 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.

Initially adopted by USN, the A-7 proved attractive to other services, soon being adopted by the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Air National Guard (ANG) to replace their aging Douglas A-1 Skyraider and North American F-100 Super Sabre fleets. Improved models of the A-7 would be developed, typically adopting more powerful engines and increasingly capable avionics. American A-7s would be used in various major conflicts, including the Invasion of Grenada, Operation El Dorado Canyon, and the Gulf War. The type was also used to support the development of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk. 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.

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