A-7 Corsair II
In May 1964, a design proposal by the Chance
Vought Corporation was accepted by the Navy as the replacement
for the A4D Skyhawk. The first A-7A with an 11,350 lb thrust Pratt
and Whitney engine flew in September 1965, and was introduced
into Vietnam combat operations in December 1967 where it and
subsequent models proved to be one of the most effective close
support and strike aircraft used by the Navy in that conflict.
Engine thrust was increased to 12,200 lbs in the A-7B with an
advanced P&W engine, and ultimately to 14,250 lbs in the
A-7E with the Allison-built Rolls-Royce Spey engine utilized by
the USAF in their version of the Corsair II (the A-7D). Sixty
early A-7B/A-7E airframes were converted to a two-seat advanced
trainer derivative with full operational capability and
designated as the TA-7C.
The A-7E (whose procurement ended in 1983)
incorporated a greatly improved avionics installation including
heads-up display, an M-61 multi-barrel cannon, an improved
hydraulic system and anti-skid brakes. At the peak of
utilization, 22 Navy squadrons were equipped with the A-7E.
Transition of some of these units to the F/A-18 Hornet began in
1987. The last of 850 A-7s were retired from the Navy's
inventory following participation in Desert Storm combat
|A-7 Corsair II
Premier Series. Loaded with weapons. 1/50th
scale. 10.5" wingspan x 11.5" long.
No. AFN5D-PR. Only $194.95