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$2.861 million
one
Allison turbofan
14,500 lbs.
19,500 lbs.
42,000 lbs.
1 - 20 mm
eight
15,000 lbs.
46 ft. 2 in.
38 ft. 9 in.
690 mph
15,000 fpm
2,850 miles
42,000 feet
9/26/65
1966






Vought A-7 Corsair II
A-7 Corsair II
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The A-7 Corsair II, produced by Vought, was based on their larger Crusader fighter. At first glance, the two aircraft appear very similar. Upon closer investigation one will notice that the A-7 Corsair II is shorter and has less sweep to its wings. The aircraft also flew at subsonic speeds, with a less powerful, non-afterburning engine. Although smaller, the A-7 Corsair II could carry a maximum of 15,000 lbs. of ordnance under its fuselage and below its wings.

Flying the A-7 Corsair II was often a pleasure due to its good in-flight manners, although its pilots often wished for more power. This was somewhat remedied with an upgraded engine in later models. The new engine dramatically increased fuel economy, while providing more thrust.

The A-7 Corsair II was capable of flying missions of far greater range than its predecessor, with less or no mid-air refueling. The aircraft was built strong, and capable of surviving significant battle damage.

Shortcomings of the A-7 Corsair II were poor brakes, especially on rain coated runways, and difficulty while landing in strong cross-winds due to its short tail moment. It was also found that the position of the engine air intake made early A-7 Corsair II aircraft susceptible to drawing in hot water vapor from aircraft carrier catapults. This resulted in a loss of power. The issue was remedied on later models through engine modifications.

The A-7 Corsair II first saw combat over Vietnam in late 1967 when launched from the USS Ranger. The aircraft flew numerous missions through 1973, providing extremely accurate deliveries of their ordnance.

Four A-7 Corsair II aircraft attacked the Thanh Hoa bridge on May 13, 1972 and permanently put it out of action. The bridge was an important connection point between areas of North Vietnam, serving as a truck and rail passage for Viet Cong troops and their supplies to enter South Vietnam.



Vought A-7 Corsair II
USAF A-7 Corsair II

The first U.S.A.F. A-7 Corsair II aircraft were deployed to Luke AFB in mid-1970. They were equipped with the newest avionics, including a new radar, a head up display, a Gatling cannon, computerized weapons system, and an engine delivering over 15 percent more power than the first engines in the Navy jets.

United States Air Force A-7 Corsair II aircraft were based in Korat, Thailand starting in late 1972. From there they flew combat missions over Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam through the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. In addition to troop ground support and bombing missions, USAF A-7 Corsair II aircraft also flew in support of pilots downed behind enemy lines.

On Nov. 18, 1972 USAF A-7 Corsair II aircraft flew cover to rescue two downed airmen behind enemy lines in Vietnam in a nine hour long mission. One aircraft was hit a number of times with 12.7 mm shells. The pilot of the A-7 Corsair II, Major Colin Clark, received the Air Force Cross for his heroism in the mission while coordinating the operation. His aircraft was put on display at the USAF Museum in Ohio, U.S.A.

The Vietnam war claimed some 98 A-7 Corsair II aircraft.

In January of 1973, when the U.S. stopped fighting in Vietnam, A-7 Corsair II aircraft began flying combat missions in Cambodia to back the U.S. supported government. These missions continued until August of 1973.

In October of 1983, A-7 Corsair II aircraft saw action supporting the invasion of Grenada by providing close air support.

During 1983, A-7 Corsair II aircraft flew support missions over Lebanon. One was downed by surface to air missiles over Lebanon on December 4, 1983. Its pilot was able to eject and parachute to safety.

In December of 1989, A-7 Corsair II aircraft were deployed to Panama in support of "Operation Just Cause".

From August of 1990 through April of 1991, U.S. aircraft carrier based A-7 Corsair II aircraft flew missions during the First Gulf War. The missions were in support of Kuwait when it was invaded by Iraq. Their missions included the use of both unguided bombs and smart bombs, plus High-Speed Anti Radiation Missiles (HARM) against heavily defended targets in Kuwait and Iraq. Some A-7 Corsair II aircraft were fitted with a probe-and-drogue system for aerial refueling missions.

The A-7 Corsair II flew for the U.S. military until 1991 and continued to fly for the U.S. Air National Guard through 1993. A small number of the aircraft continued flying for foreign air forces. It appears that the aircraft that the last A-7 Corsair II aircraft in the Greek Hellenic Air Force were retired in 2014.

A total of 1,569 A-7 Corsair II aircraft of all types were produced.



A-7 Corsair II

The rc A-7 Corsair II from Colchester Models comes ARF. Wingspan is 47" and length is 57". Construction is all fiberglass. It needs turbine engine power. Weight is from 8 to 14 lbs.


A-7 Corsair II

That's jeteye of RCUniverse with his Fly Eagle rc A-7 Corsair II. It is turbine powered with a 76" wingspan and 90 1/2" length. Its dry weight is around 33 lbs.


A-7 Corsair II

The rc A-7 Corsair II from Megatech is a 2 channel foamy with EDF power. It has a 12.5" wingspan and is 22" long.


A-7 Corsair II

J-Power has the A-7 Corsair II that comes ready to fly. It is a foamy with a 32" wingspan that is 36" long. Included is a 2,950 kV motor. You can find an excellent review of the J-Power A-7 Corsair II by Jon R. Barnes at the RC Groups website.


A-7 Corsair II

Jet Hangar Hobbies has the rc A-7 Corsair II. It comes as an ARF in U.S. Navy or U.S.A.F. color schemes. It has a 47" wingspan and is 57" long. The wings are glass coated. Four different ways of powering the A-7 Corsair II are suggested: A MW-44 turbine engine that produces 10 lbs. of thrust, or a 5 in. DF system, or 10s or 12s E-Turbax motor systems. Weight should be around 13 lbs. all up.

You can find plans for the rc A-7 Corsair II from Rich Uravitch at the Air Age Store. Wingspan is 37" and length is 35 1/2". It uses an engine from .19 to .28 up front to pull it through the sky.

A-7 Corsair II free plans are available on line at MikeysRC. They are for a profile model with 64 mm EDF power. Wingspan is 44" and length 36".

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