A-7 Corsair II
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46 ft. 2 in.
38 ft. 9 in.
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.
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.