LTV A-7 Corsair II

LTV A-7 Corsair II

The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II is a carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft introduced to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. The A-7 airframe design was based on the successful supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader. It was one of the first combat aircraft to feature a head-up display (HUD), an inertial navigation system (INS), and a turbofan engine.

The Corsair II initially entered service with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. It was later adopted by the United States Air Force, including the Air National Guard, to replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraider, North American F-100 Super Sabre and Republic F-105 Thunderchief. The aircraft was also exported to Greece in the 1970s, and Portugal in the late 1980s.

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LTV A-7 Corsair II - Specifications (A-7E)
... General characteristics Crew 1 Length 46 ft 1.5 in (14.06 m) Wingspan 38 ft 9 in (11.81 m) Height 16 ft 0.75 in (4.90 m) Wing area 375 ft² (34.8 m²) Airfoil NACA 65A007 root and tip Empty weight 19,490 lb (8,840 kg) Max ... takeoff weight 42,000 lb (19,050 kg) Powerplant 1 × Allison TF41-A-2 turbofan, 14,500 lbf (64.5 kN) Performance Maximum speed 600 knots (698 mph, 1,123 km/h) at sea level Combat radius 621 nmi (700 mi, 1,127 km) Ferry range 2,485 nmi (2,860 mi, 4,600 km) with external fuel tanks Wing loading 77.4 lb/ft² (379 kg/m²) Thrust/weight 0.50 Armament Guns 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling 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) and provisions to carry combinations of Rockets 4× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× 127 mm Mk 32 Zuni rockets) Missiles 2× AIM-9 Sidewinder AAM 2× AGM-45 Shrike Anti-radiation missile (ARM) 2× AGM-62 Walleye TV-guided Glide bomb 2× AGM-65 Maverick 2× AGM-88 HARM 2× GBU-8 electro-optically guided Glide bomb Bombs Up to 30× 500 lb (227 kg) Mark 82 bombs or Mark 80 series of unguided bombs (including 3 kg and 14 kg practice bombs) Paveway series of laser-guided bombs Up to 4× B28 nuclear bomb/B57 nuclear bomb/B61 nuclear bombs Other up to 4 × 300/330/370 US gallon drop tanks Avionics Texas Instruments AN/APQ-126 terrain following radar ...