Air Enthusiast 1971-08
??? - Pirates Ashore! The Vought A-7 joins the USAF
To conform to USAF standard practice, the Vought A-7D is equipped for "flying boom” in-flight refuelling, with a receptacle in the upper fuselage aft of the cockpit.
Refuelling from KC-135A tankers was an integral part of the epic mission by Sandy A-7Ds.
During weapon trials at Eglin AFB, this A-7D carried 20 Snakeye bombs each weighing more than 300 lb (136 kg). Some of the bombs are striped for photo-assessment purposes, and a strike assessment camera is carried in the small fairing just ahead of the tail hook.
The boom pilot's view of an A-7D during heavy-load refuelling trials, with 12,500 lb (5 670 kg) of bombs on the wing pylons.
A great variety of underwing loads can be carried by the A-7D, up to a maximum of 15,000 lb (6 800 kg). Illustrated in this column are some typical loads, comprising, fifteen M117A general purpose 750-lb (340-kg) bombs;
To conform to USAF standard practice, the Vought A-7D is equipped for "flying boom” in-flight refuelling, with a receptacle in the upper fuselage aft of the cockpit.
Refuelling from KC-135A tankers was an integral part of the epic mission by Sandy A-7Ds.
The first 16 A-7Ds, however, were equipped for Navy-style probe-and-drogue refuelling, demonstrated in this picture with an A-7B acting as the buddy refuelling tanker.
A great variety of underwing loads can be carried by the A-7D, up to a maximum of 15,000 lb (6 800 kg). Illustrated in this column are some typical loads, comprising four AGM-65A Maverick TV-guided missiles, two 300 US-gal (1 136-l) drop tanks and two QRC-335A ECM pods.
A great variety of underwing loads can be carried by the A-7D, up to a maximum of 15,000 lb (6 800 kg). Illustrated in this column are some typical loads, comprising, eight M117A general purpose 750-lb (340-kg) bombs and four CBU-46/A bomblet dispensers; four 500-lb (227-kg) general purpose bombs and two SUU-42/A parachute flare dispensers;
A great variety of underwing loads can be carried by the A-7D, up to a maximum of 15,000 lb (6 800 kg). Illustrated in this column are some typical loads, comprising, two Sidewinder AAMs and ten 1,000-lb (454-kg) bombs in the configuration evaluated by the Swiss Air Force;