Our LTV A-7 Corsair II Scrapbook

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U.S. Navy A-7E at the NSA Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center.

The LTV A-7 Corsair II was a single engine, subsonic attack jet that was operational in U.S. service between the Vietnam War and the Desert Storm war.

Virginia ANG A-7D.

The Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) company won a 1964 contract to build a replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawks in U.S. navy use. Just two years later, the initial A-7A Corsair II bombers were entering naval service.

Myrtle Beach AFB was home to U.S. Air Force A-7Ds for almost eight years.

The U.S. Air Force soon purchased another version of the Corsair II, and their A-7D would replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraider and North American F-100s in Air Force and Air National Guard use.

Greek and Portuguese A-7 Corsair IIs at a Royal International Air Tattoo.

The type was exported to Greece, Thailand and Portugal too, and it was Greece who finally retired their last A-7s in 2014, giving the Corsair II design just shy of 50 years of service if you count the short two-year testing and developmental years before initial service. Almost 1,000 airframes of various models were built for the Navy alone. 

U. S. Navy EA-7L of VAQ-34.

Navy versions began with the single seat A-7A, and then the improved A-7B and A-7C variants, with  more powerful engines. Navigational, attack and terrain-following radar was part of each version’s avionics. The A-7E was the final Navy attack version. Two-seat trainer aircraft included the TA-7C which were modified from A-7B/C versions. Eight EA-7L ECM aggressor jets were also produced, and operated by VAQ-34.

Ohio ANG A-7D at Westover AFB.

Air Force/Air National Guard jets were known as the A-7D, and thirty twin-seat Air National Guard trainers were known as the A-7K. 559 jets, both -D and -K versions were built.

An oft-used A-7P.

Portugal operated some 50 A-7P and twin seat TA-7P jets.

Greek version of the TA-7C was the TA-7H.

Greece operated 62 A-7H and TA-7H (trainers).

Thailand operated approximately 22 A-7E and TA-7Cs

What wasn’t meant to be… one of two prototypes of the A-7F (this is a YA-7F) at Edwards Air Force Flight Test Center.

A proposed version at the end of its U.S. Air Force use, the A-7F, would have had an afterburning engine and improved avionics as well as a supersonic capability. That strike/interdiction version of the Corsair II was never built, except for a pair of prototypes. A total of 1545 airframes were produced.

Edwards AFB-based A-7K trainer, all bombed up.

Here is a look at the different versions of the A-7 from our archives…

Photos by Bob Finch, Mike Colaner, Corey Bietler and Ken Kula.

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