The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II is a carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft introduced to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. The A-7 airframe design was based on the successful supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader. It was one of the first combat aircraft to feature a head-up display (HUD), an inertial navigation system (INS), and a turbofan engine.
The Corsair II initially entered service with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. It was later adopted by the United States Air Force, including the Air National Guard, to replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraider, North American F-100 Super Sabre and Republic F-105 Thunderchief. The aircraft was also exported to Greece in the 1970s, and Portugal in the late 1980s.
Initial operational basing/homeporting for U.S. Navy A-7 squadrons was at NAS Cecil Field, Florida for Atlantic Fleet units and NAS Lemoore, California for Pacific Fleet units. This was in keeping with the role of these bases in already hosting the A-4 Skyhawk attack squadrons that would eventually transition to the A-7.
Pilots of the early A-7s lauded the aircraft for general ease of flying (with the exceptions of poor stability on cross-wind landings and miserable stopping performance on wet runways with an inoperative anti-skid braking system) and excellent forward visibility but noted a lack of engine thrust. This was addressed with A-7B and more thoroughly with A-7D/E. The turbofan engine provided a dramatic increase in fuel efficiency compared with earlier turbojets – the A-7D was said to have specific fuel consumption one sixth that of an F-100 Super Sabre at equivalent thrust. An A-7D carrying 12 x 500 lb (227 kg) bombs at 480 mph (775 km/h) at 33,000 ft (10,000 m) used only 3,350 lb (1,500 kg) of fuel per hour. Typical fuel consumption at mission retrograde during aircraft carrier recovery was approximately 30 pounds per minute compared to 100+ pounds per minute for the Phantom F-4J/N series.
Info: A-7E Corsair II USN VA-37 Ragin Bulls, AC300, USS Saratoga
Posted by Bill Peters on 24th Mar 2014
This is a great model. It is very well built, but a little difficult to assemble due to the small scale. The information on the box is very accurate except for one small thing. I flew in the squadron in the late 69 to 72 time frame. Our call sign was not Ragin, but was instead Falcon. This model is a great rendition of the A7 A's and B's flown by the Bulls in that time frame. The insignia changed when the squadron went to A7 E's, and the Bull face was replaced by a standing bull. Another slight change in the model is the color of the nose. The real color was a royal blue and not the dark navy on the current model. It is interesting that the picture on the website shows the royal blue, but the model comes with dark navy - almost black. Overall, it was great to find this ode to the old Bulls. Also, the transaction with your company was excellent.