A-7D Corsair II

Manufacturer: LTV
Designation: A-7
Version: D
Nickname: Corsair II
Type: Fighter
Specifications
Length: 46 ft  1 in  
Height: 16 ft  1 in  
Wingspan: 38 ft  8 in  
Crew: 1  
Armament: One M61A1 20mm rapid-fire cannon plus 15,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance  
Gross Weight: 39,325  lbs. loaded  
Propulsion
No. of Engines: 1
Powerplant: Allison TF41 turbofan engine
Thrust: 14,250 lbs
Performance
Range: 3,044 miles  
Cruise Speed: 545 mph    
Max Speed: 663 mph    
Ceiling: 33,500 ft  

 

The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II single-seat attack aircraft was originally designed during the Vietnam War as a replacement for the United States Navy's Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. After modification (the installation of an improved Allison TF41-A-1 turbofan engine and a M61 Vulcan multi-barrel 20mm cannon) the A-7D was also adopted by the Air Force in 1968.

 

The A-7D proved to be a reliable single-seat, close air support aircraft innovative in being the first aircraft to use a modern Heads Up Display (HUD) providing detailed information on dive angle, airspeed, altitude, drift and weapons guidance. The A-7's advanced integrated navigational system, the Projected Map Display System (PMDS), showed the aircraft's exact location on two different map scales. Serving in Southeast Asia the A-7D proved itself to be an excellent close air support aircraft and a particularly apt platform for delivering the first generation of today's modern precision guided weapons. When A-7D production ended in 1976, 459 had been delivered to the USAF.

 

Following the close of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, A-7Ds were assigned to the Air National Guard (ANG) units; by 1987 they were being flown by ANG units in ten states and Puerto Rico. A-7Ds were retired in 1993 after replacement by F-16 Falcons.

 

The museums A-7D 69-6188, was manufactured by Ling-Temco-Vought, Dallas TX and delivered to the USAF on June 1, 1970.It has been on loan from the Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio since May 14, 2002.

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According to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA/RSA), Maxwell AFB, AL, the museum's A-7D has the following history:

 

The A-7D, s/n 69-6188, was manufactured by Ling-Vought, Dallas TX and delivered to the USAF on 1 Jun 1970.

Its assignments were:

Jun 1970 To 58th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), Luke AFB AZ

Jun 1971 To 355th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), Davis-Monthan AFB

Jan 1977 To Lowry Technical Training Center (ATC), Lowry AFB CO

Jun 1977 Converted to GA-7D (ground instructional vehicle; Last assignment listed)

The A-7D, s/n 69-6188, had 1777 hours when it was retired.

On May 14, 2002, the A-7D, s/n 69-6188, arrived at the museum by flatbed truck from Colorado.

 

This aircraft is on loan from the Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.