Air Weapons

LTV

A-7 Corsair II

The LTV A-7 Corsair II was designed as a successor to the A-4 in the light attack role for use onboard the US Navy's carriers and as a low-cost temporary stopgap pending the introduction of the navalized F-111 (which, in the event, never entered service). It was also one of the first combat aircraft to feature a HUD, inertial navigation systems, as well as a turbofan engine and was remarkably similar to another contemporary LTV aircraft, the F-8 Crusader, but could not achieve supersonic speeds being that it was specifically designed for ground attack. It preformed well in this role during the Vietnam War (where it was second only to the B-52 in the total tonnage of bombs dropped on Hanoi), the Libya bombings, and also the Gulf War, the last conflict in which it would see service before being retired in favor of the more versatile F/A-18. Besides the USN, the USAF also ordered the A-7 as well as various other countries including Greece, Portugal and Thailand.

First flight of the production A-7A Corsair II was on 27 September 1965 and entered service with the USN less than two years later. It was upgraded as the A-7B with more powerful engines while a similar variant, the A-7C, soon became operational with the USAF due to problems with the intended Rolls-Royce Spey engine which was to power its land-based cousins. Once resolved, the Spey-equipped units were designated A-6D. The definitive USN variant was the A-7E and served up until its retirement in the early 90's. Two-seat versions included the TA-7C for the USN and the A-7K for the USAF.

A-7E Corsair II (USN, VA-46 'Clansmen')
A-7E

Preceded by:

A-4 Skyhawk (1956)

Succeeded by:

A-10 Thunderbolt II (1976)
F/A-18 Hornet (1983)

Datafile

DesignA-7AA-7BA-7DA-7E
NameCorsair IICorsair IICorsair IICorsair II
TypeAttackAttackAttackAttack
Year1967196819701970
Crew1111
Dimensions
Length14.06 m14.06 m14.06 m14.06 m
Height4.93 m4.90 m4.90 m4.90 m
Wing Span11.81 m11.81 m11.81 m11.81 m
Wing Area34.8 m²34.8 m²34.8 m²34.8 m²
Weight
Empty6,852 kg7,303 kg8,936 kg8,669 kg
Maximum15,649 kg16,783 kg19,051 kg19,051 kg
Wing Loading449.2 kg/m²481.7 kg/m²546.8 kg/m²546.8 kg/m²
Performance
Speed1,094 km/h1,099 km/h1,067 km/hMach 1.0
Speed S/L??1,052 km/h?
Cruise Speed933 km/h933 km/h816 km/h933 km/h
Ceiling14,996 m13,381 m11,826 m13,106 m
Range6,598 km4,989 km4,828 km3,669-4,606 km
Powerplant
Engine1 x TF30-P-6
Pratt & Whitney
5,148 kgf
1 x TF30-P-8
Pratt & Whitney
5,534 kgf
1 x TF41-A-1
Allison
6,804 kgf
1 x TF41-A-2
Allison
6,804 kgf
Thrust/Weight0.680.690.690.71
Sensors
RadarAN/APQ-115
AN/APQ-116
AN/APQ-126
AN/APQ-128
Armament
Guns2 x 20-mm
Colt Mk. 12 (600)
2 x 20-mm
Colt Mk. 12 (600)
1 x 20-mm
M61A1 Vulcan (1,000)
1 x 20-mm
M61A1 Vulcan (1,000)
Payload6,804 kg6,804 kg6,804 kg6,804 kg
Hardpoints8888
AA WeaponsAIM-9
AIM-9
AIM-9
AIM-9
AS WeaponsAGM-12
AGM-62
B28/57/61
CBU-54
Mk. 20
Mk. 82/83/84
AGM-12
AGM-62
B28/57/61
CBU-54
Mk. 20
Mk. 82/83/84
AGM-12
AGM-45
AGM-62
AGM-65
B28/57/61
CBU-54
GBU-8
GBU-10
Mk. 20
Mk. 82/84
AGM-12
AGM-45
AGM-62
AGM-65
AGM-84
AGM-88
B28/57/61
CBU-54
GBU-8
GBU-10
GBU-15
Mk. 20
Mk. 82/83/84
Production
Built199196459529
Total1,551

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