Our LTV A-7 Corsair II Scrapbook
The LTV A-7 Corsair II was a single engine, subsonic attack jet that was operational in U.S. service between the Vietnam War and the Desert Storm war.
The Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) company won a 1964 contract to build a replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawks in U.S. navy use. Just two years later, the initial A-7A Corsair II bombers were entering naval service. The U.S. Air Force soon purchased another version of the Corsair II, the A-7D.
The new bomber would replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraiders and North American F-100s in Air Force and Air National Guard use.
The type was exported to Greece, Thailand and Portugal too, and it was Greece who finally retired their last A-7s in 2014, giving the Corsair II design just shy of 50 years of service if you count the short two-year testing and developmental years before initial service. Almost 1,000 airframes of various models were built for the Navy alone.
Navy versions began with the single seat A-7A, and then the improved A-7B and A-7C variants, with more powerful engines. Navigational, attack and terrain-following radar was part of each version’s avionics. The A-7E was the final Navy attack version. Two-seat trainer aircraft included the TA-7C which were modified from A-7B/C versions. Eight EA-7L ECM aggressor jets were also produced, and operated by VAQ-34.
Air Force/Air National Guard jets were known as the A-7D, and thirty twin-seat Air National Guard trainers were known as the A-7K. 559 jets, both -D and -K versions were built.
Portugal operated some 50 A-7P and twin seat TA-7P jets, and Greece operated 62 A-7H and TA-7H (trainers). Thailand operated approximately 22 A-7E and TA-7Cs.
A proposed version at the end of its U.S. Air Force use, the A-7F, would have had an afterburning engine and improved avionics as well as a supersonic capability. That strike/interdiction version for he Corsair II was never built, except for a pair of prototypes. A total of 1545 airframes were produced.
Here is a look at the different versions of the A-7 from our archives…
Photos by Bob Finch, Mike Colaner and Ken Kula.