Air International 1982-03
Air International 1982-03
??? - The Story of Sandy, Sluf and the Little Hummers /Warbirds/
After hostilities ended in Vietnam, the 3rd TFS, 388th TFW, operated A-7Ds from Korat in Thailand, where this picture was taken.
Контейнеры Texas Instruments AN/AAR-4S с ИК-системой переднего обзора интегрировали на A-7E в 1977 году. Контейнер массой 327 кг подвешивался на правый внутренний подкрыльевой пилон и обеспечивал выполнение полетов и атак на малых высотах в условиях ограниченной видимости.
An A-7E serving with VA-192, the “Golden Dragons" and (below) a pair of A-7Es of VA-146 "Blue Diamonds", each carrying a FLIR pod on the underwing pylon.
The first prototype A-7A Corsair II, flying "clean". As well as three prototypes, several early production A-7As were devoted to trial tasks.
The A-7A No 2, with Sidewinder AAMs on the fuselage pylons.
An A-7A in service with VA-174, the first fleet squadron to receive the Corsair II in its role of carrier replacement air wing squadron at Cecil Field.
Another example of the pictorial markings carried by many Corsair squadrons - the sidewinder of FA-86, on an A-7A carrying Snakeye bombs.
A-7A No 7 accelerates down the steam catapult for an early trials launch. Note the extreme angle of the variable incidence tailplane, to help get the nose up quickly.
The A-7A No 4, carrying a "buddy" in-flight refuelling tank (port) and a 300-US gal (1136-l) drop tank.
A-7A No 3, with 24 bombs disposed on six wing pylons.
A West Coast squadron later became known as the Corsair College, as advertised by a large red slogan on the fuselage. Home base is NAS Lemore, California.
Carrying a mixture of bombs and wing tanks, this A-7D bears the markings of the 354th TFW, the only unit to fly the type in Vietnam.
The Air Group commander's A-7A attached to VA-147 while operating from USS Ranger, with colour bands on the rudder representing all the Air Group squadrons.
A pair of A-7Bs from VA-215 flying over Mt Etna, Sicily, while operating from the USS Franklin D Roosevelt in the Mediterranean.
As A-7Bs followed A-7As off the production line, the size of the Corsair II inventory in the US Navy grew steadily. These A-7Bs are seen in service with VA-15, flying from the USS Franklin D Roosevelt.
These A-7Bs are seen in service with VA-72, flying from the USS John F Kennedy.
Four A-7As of VA-27 fly over the USS Constellation in the Gulf of Tonkin after a strike in Vietnam.
The first A-7A delivered to a West Coast squadron, which went to VA-122 for training duties.
The A-7C, the last of 67 examples of which is shown below serving with VA-82.
A-7As of VA-147 ranged on the fantail of the USS Ranger during catapulted launch and arrested landing practice; this was the first squadron to operate the Corsair in Vietnam.
The first example of the A-7D, the USAF variant of the Corsair II, flown on 6 April 1968. On this variant and the A-7E, a single multi-barrel gun to port (note the small bulge) replaced a pair of single-barrel guns, a small conditioning air intake in the nose air scoop replacing the cannon on the starboard side.