Vought A-7E Corsair II

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Vought
Markings
VA-46, USS John F. Kennedy, 1991
Designation
A-7E
Serial Number
160713

Vought A-7E Corsair II

The A-7 Corsair II was initially developed in response to a 1963 U.S. Navy requirement for an aircraft to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Since the Navy wanted the aircraft to be in service by 1967 speed of development was essential. The Vought company based their contract winning design on their F-8 Crusader which was already in Navy service. The prototype flew in 1965 and the first A-7 squadron entered combat in Vietnam in December 1967. The plane proved to be wildly successful as a close air support and strike aircraft. In 1968, the A-7D version of the Corsair II went into production. At the same time production began of the A-7E version for the Navy. These last two versions of the Corsair II are basically identical with the main difference being the equipment installed in the “E” for carrier operations.

Specifications
Wingspan 38 ft 8 in
Length 46 ft 1 in
Height 16 ft 1 in
Weight 39,325 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 663 mph
Service Ceiling 33,500 ft
Range 3,044 miles
Engines 1 Allison TF41-A-1 turbofan with 14,800 pounds of thrust
Crew 1