Tag: A-7 Corsair II

Remembering the ill-fated 1983 U.S. strike on Lebanon
The A-6 crew ejected, and Lt Mike Lange soon succumbed to injuries suffered in the process of leaving the aircraft. B/N Lt Bobby Goodman  was turned over to Syrian troops and duly spent several weeks in a jail near Damascus The Grumman A-6 Intruder was the 'Main Battery' of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam War, and it remained in service with...
The story of the A-7 Pilot that took part in the Rescue of Lts Cunningham and Driscoll downed after their Epic Dogfight
Suddenly there was a call of 'you're on fire! Punch out! Punch out!' Somewhere a Phantom II crew was struggling to keep their burning aircraft in the air long enough to get out over the water The A-7 Corsair II was built by Vought as a replacement for the legendary A-4 Skyhawk, but while the latter aeroplane represented the most...
SLUF Vs Hun: former USAF pilot explains why the A-7 outclassed the F-100 in the ground attack role
"The mission was to drop bombs and destroy the target, and the A-7's ability to drop great bombs is unprecedented. It wasn't just more accurate than the F-100....lt was better than any other weapons system designed to deliver ordnance!," Captain Don Cornell The A-7D is a single-seat, tactical close air support aircraft derived from the U.S. Navy’s A-7. The first A-7D...
This A-7 Corsair made an emergency barricade landing with live ordnance aboard USS John F. Kennedy
When the A-7 was launched from the catapult an incorrect weight estimation caused the aircraft to outrun the shuttle. The shuttle caught up with the aircraft before it departed the deck and impacted the left nose wheel assembly, causing it to break Built by LTV Aerospace Corporation (the same company that produced the iconic F-8 Crusader), the A-7 Corsair II replaced...
Remembering the EA-7L, the SLUF variant that played the role of adversary aircraft
The EA-7L was used to simulate Soviet aircraft, often carrying a variety of jamming and ECM pods Built by LTV Aerospace Corporation (the same company that produced the iconic F-8 Crusader), the A-7 Corsair II replaced the A-4 Skyhawk as Naval Aviation’s front line light attack aircraft. The A-7 performed its maiden flight in Sep. 1965 and resembled the F-8 Crusader especially in the...
The story of Tammie Jo Shults, the heroic former female U.S. Naval Aviator who safely landed her stricken Boeing 737
“Southwest 1380, we’re single engine. We have part of the aircraft missing so we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” Tammie Jo Shults, Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 pilot Tammie Jo Shults's voice was calm yet focused as her Boeing 737-700 descended with 149 people on board. “Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,” Shults, a former fighter pilot with the...
Gorgeous vintage footage features Jaguar M trials aboard Clemenceau aircraft carrier
French Navy opted to buy the Super Etendard which was no better or worse than the Jaguar M, but yet again it was the chance to buy a solely home grown product against one jointly developed with the British Taken in the 1970, the interesting footage in this post shows the trials of the short lived Jaguar M aboard the...
The A-7D SLUF and the story of an incredible nine-hour-long "Sandy" mission flown over North Vietnam
Major Clarke's A-7D made 'a very low pass' on the guns to protect the Jolly and took a hit 'by something that felt like a 57mm.' He lost all his systems and pulled up into the clouds 'with what I hoped was wings level. About that time a SAM radar picked me up, and things didn't look too good....' The...
SLUF Vs Fresco: how an unarmed A-7 was able to fend off a MiG-17 in the skies over North VIietnam
Junker's SLUF was devoid of the usually standard AIM-9D Sidewinder And to make matter worse, his A-7 had no working cannon because of a run of malfunctions involving VA-146's M61s. He would have to rely on his flying skill to evade the MiG-17... Built by LTV Aerospace Corporation (the same company that produced the iconic F-8 Crusader), the A-7 Corsair...
The story of Captain Messerschmitt, the pilot who loved shooting the A-7 Corsair II's gun
"One white hat laid into me, calling me 'Captain Messerschmitt.' I thought it had to do with my German name. 'Not exactly,' he corrected, maintaining that it was actually my nickname among the 'mechs' because whenever I flew, I brought the A-7E back filthy from shooting the gun," Capt. Ralph Wetterhahn USAF exchange with VA-146 Blue Diamonds The A-7 Corsair...

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