Manufactured by Vought Fighter
The A-7D Corsair II is a single seat, subsonic close air support and interdiction aircraft. Originally produced for the US Navy, the A-7 made its first flight in September 1965. A total of 459 A-7Ds were delivered to the USAF between 1968 and 1976. The aircraft’s outstanding target kill capability, first demonstrated in Southeast Asia, was achieved with the aid of a continuous-solution navigation and weapon delivery system, including all-weather radar bomb delivery.
Thirty-one A-7K combat-capable two-seat training models were delivered from 1981. Beginning in 1973 most A-7Ds were assigned to Air National Guard units. The Colorado Air National Guard 140th Tactical Fighter Wing flew the A-7Ds from 1974 until 1991. The last of the A-7D fleet was retired from service by the beginning of 1994.
- Role/Category: Fighter
- Wingspan: 38 feet, 9 inches
- Length: 46 feet, 1.5 inches
- Height: 16 feet, .75 inches
- Weight: 19,780 Ibs empty, Maximum Take-Off Weight – 42,000 1bs
- Powerplant: One Allison TF41-A-1 non-afterburning turbofan engine; 14,500 lb thrust
- Speed: 698 mph (606 knots) or .9 Mach
- Ceiling: 42,000 feet
- Crew: One Pilot
- Armament: One M-61A1 20mm cannon; up to 15,000 lbs of air-to-air or air-to-surface missiles, bombs, rockets, or gunpods on six underwing and two fuselage attachments