A-7 Corsair II

The A-7 missions during the Korean Tree Incident, the trimming of a tree in the DMZ that separated North and South Korea that nearly started a nuclear war

The A-7 missions during the Korean Tree Incident, the trimming of a tree in the DMZ that separated North and South Korea that nearly started a nuclear war

The catalyst for this event was a seemingly innocuous plan to trim a tree that was blocking the view of… Read More

1 month ago

Never underestimate your enemy: US Navy A-7 pilot recalls the mock dogfight he had against a Danish F-104 flying low and fast

‘I had the opportunity, in the late 70’s to tangle with an F-104 (Danish) down low and going pretty fast,… Read More

5 months ago

Former Blue Angels CO explains why the Team chose the A-4 Skyhawk over the F-14 Tomcat and the A-7 Corsair II to Replace the F-4 Phantom II

‘While we were doing this search for airplanes, a couple of squadrons were coming back from Vietnam and were being… Read More

5 months ago

A-7D Vs A-10: the forgotten fly off where the Warthog proved to be better than the SLUF as close air-support aircraft

The aim of the fly off was to evaluate whether the new YA-10 was sufficiently better than the A-7D to… Read More

7 months ago

US Navy A-7E Corsair II tanker pilot explains why air refueling at night is a challenge for a single-piloted tanker aircraft

‘When I was flying an A-7E configured with a buddy store tanking pod, the lowest I would go to catch… Read More

7 months ago

The Story of the Effective A-7 Iron Hand Mission that protected the Alpha Strike Launched on May 10, 1972 over North Vietnam

Each A-7 pilot fired one preemptive Shrike, but someone in the group, who had probably forgotten the pre-briefed plan, called… Read More

1 year ago

US Naval Aviator tells the story of when an A-7 pilot took off (and landed safely) with its Corsair II wings folded

‘I did fly with a Naval Aviator who had once taken off in the venerable A-7E with the wings folded.… Read More

1 year ago

Yes, it’s Gold! Iowa ANG F-16A static display gets an all-gold paint scheme to celebrate ANG history

Last week the Iowa Air National Guard unveiled a historic fighter jet of their own; a retro 50th anniversary, down… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the US Navy A-7 that gun killed a US Navy pilotless, errant Corsair II

With little time to try to regain control, Lt Cdr Mike Boston pulled the secondary handle between his legs. After… Read More

2 years ago

Former US military aviators explain why an experienced fighter pilot can’t fly a Cessna 172 without training

‘It’s a very different aircraft from the jets I flew, and despite being much lower performance, the Cessna 172 is… Read More

2 years ago

Former A-7 Corsair II pilot explains what made the iconic SLUF a great attack aircraft

What did the A-7 Corsair II have that gave it such a great combat record and a devoted pilot community,… Read More

2 years ago

From bolter to hook skip: former US Navy A-7 pilot explains why naval aviators advanced throttle to full power when they land on an aircraft carrier

‘Upon contact with the flight deck, the throttle is advanced to full power. Prior to that, the pilot modulates throttle… Read More

2 years ago

Former US Naval Aviator tells the story of the Corsair II pilot who had three ejections from the A-7E, survived and returned to flight status

‘I flew with a Navy pilot who had three ejections from the A-7E Corsair II aircraft. I was with him… Read More

2 years ago

[Updated] Did you know that the last A-7 to make a barricade landing was buried at sea and strafed by other US Navy jets because it refused to sink?

Ordinarily, the aircraft would have been repaired, but as this was its last cruise A-7 BuNo 157478 was struck below… Read More

3 years ago