The A-7 Corsair II is a single-seat, tactical close air support aircraft. Although the Corsair II was designed primarily as a ground attack aircraft, it also has limited air-to-air combat capability.
A-7 Corsair II Performance
|Maximum Speed||663 mph.|
|Cruising Speed||545 mph.|
|Service Ceiling||33,500 ft.|
A-7 Corsair II Specifications
|Country of Origin||USA.|
|Similar Aircraft||F-16 Fighting Falcon, G-91Y, Su-17 Fitter.|
|Crew||One; TA-7H and A-7K–two.|
|Armament||One M61A1 20mm rapid-fire cannon plus 15,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance|
|Engine||One Allison TF41 turbofan engine of 14,250 lbs. thrust|
|Span||38 ft. 8 in.|
|Length||46 ft. 1 in.|
|Height||16 ft. 1 in.|
|Weight||39,325 lbs. loaded|
A-7 Corsair II WEFT Description
|Wings||High-mounted, swept-back, and tapered with blunt tips and a negative slant. Sawtooth in the leading edges on some models.|
|Engine(s)||One turbofan inside the body; oval air intake under a round nose. Single exhaust.|
|Fuselage||Wide, thick body with rounded nose and blunt tail section. Bubble canopy is located well forward on the nose.|
|Tail||Flats mid-mounted on the body, swept-back and tapered, with a positive slant. The fin is swept-back with a curved tip.|
Countries which Fly the A-7 Corsair II
Greece, Portugal, United States of America.
A-7 Corsair II Manufacturer Web Site
Books on the A-7 Corsair II
Arriving on station with the USS Ranger (CVA-61) in early December 1967, the first A-7 Corsair II squadron became operational immediatedly and sustained its first combat loss three weeks later. This book tells how the A-7 Corsair II soon proved its worth supporting ground operations in South Vietnam. As it continued to serve in the ground support role, the Navy swiftly introduced the A-7E which soon ran into difficulties with supply lines – perhaps on account of what many perceived to have been a rushed introduction to service. Once these teething problems were resolved, the A-7E Corsair II varient became the primary air-to-ground aircraft of the fleet.
The SLUF (Short Little Ugly Fellow) A-7 Corsair II was developed for the U.S. Navy to replace the A-4 Skyhawk. Within 3 years of its maiden flight, the Corsair II was flying combat missions over Vietnam. An aircraft born in battle and retired in battle, A-7s of various marks flown by US Navy, US Air Force, and ANG pilots have distinguished the Corsair II in all combat involving the U.S. from the 1960s onward-over Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Libya and Iraq. David Brown is one of the world’s premiere aviation journalist, he has written many books and his photography appeared in aviation periodicals throughout the world. Concord covers all versions and all squadrons flown by the USN, USAF, ANG, Greek Air Force, Portuguese Air Force, and Thai Navy. 224 high quality photos with many air-to-air shots make this book more than a bargain for the aviation enthusiasts.