Ling-Temco-Vought A-7D Corsair II

LTV A-7 Corsair II

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Esimene lend26 September 1965
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2007 LTV A-7 Corsair II is an American carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft manufactured by Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its airframe design is a somewhat smaller version of the supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader. The Corsair II initially entered service with the United States Navy (USN) during the Vietnam War. It was later adopted by the United States Air Force (USAF), including the Air National Guard (ANG), to replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraider and North American F-100 Super Sabre. The aircraft was also exported to Greece in the 1970s, and to Portugal in the late 1980s. The USAF and USN retired the type in 1991, the ANG in 1993, the Portuguese Air Force in 1999, and the Hellenic Air Force in 2014

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The LTV A-7 Corsair II was a carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft designed and manufactured by Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) in the 1960s and 1970s. It was derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader fighter and entered service with the United States Navy and Air Force in 1967. The A-7 was also exported to Greece, Portugal and Thailand.
The A-7 was designed to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk as a low-cost, high-performance attack aircraft that could deliver a variety of weapons with high accuracy and reliability. The A-7 featured a shortened and modified F-8 airframe, a turbofan engine that improved fuel efficiency and range, a head-up display (HUD) that projected flight and weapon information on the windshield, and a digital navigation and weapon delivery system that enabled precision bombing.
The A-7 saw extensive combat during the Vietnam War, where it flew over 100,000 sorties and achieved a high mission success rate. It also participated in the 1980 Iranian hostage rescue attempt, the 1983 invasion of Grenada, the 1986 bombing of Libya, and the 1991 Gulf War. The A-7 was retired from active service in 1991 by the US Navy and in 1993 by the US Air Force. It was replaced by the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon respectively.

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