Air & Space Museum
LTV A-7D Corsair II
Ling-Temco-Vought created the A-7 to meet a US Navy requirement for an attack aircraft to replace the A-4 Skyhawk. The A-7 inherited much of its design from Vought’s supersonic F-8 Crusader fighter.
LTV proposed its A-7 to the Air Force as an attack aircraft to replace the A-1 Skyraider and F-100 Super Sabre. The D-model of the A-7 was built to the Air Force’s requirements, incorporating many advanced systems, including a more powerful engine, a heads-up display (HUD) that projected flight information onto the windscreen, a computerized navigation and bombing system, and a 20 mm rotary cannon.
After extensive service during the Vietnam War, the Air Force turned over most of its A-7Ds to Air National Guard units.
The A-7D Corsair II on display at Wings Over the Rockies went directly from the factory to the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Tactical Fighter Wing in 1974. During its 18 year career with the Guard, it participated in many exercises and deployments. During a deployment to the Netherlands in 1976, the airplane was named Speedwell to celebrate the friendship between the Colorado Air National Guard and the town hosting them. Speedwell was the name of the ship that took Dutch Pilgrims to Plymouth, England, for their trip to America in 1620. In 1981, the squadron won the Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition (nicknamed Gunsmoke).
The aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the US Air Force.
Wingspan: 38 ft 8 in (11.8 m)
Length: 46 ft 1 in (14 m)
Maximum speed: 663 mph (1,067 km/h)
Maximum weight: 39,325 lb (17,838 kg)
Engine: Allison TF-41A turbofan
Thrust: 14,250 lbf (63.4 kN)
Join Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight for monthly fly-ins featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!
On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators.
Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat
Please note: Food purchases are not included in admission.
Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org or 303.360.5360 ext 160.
Round Engine Roundup with an Eclipse Encounter
Join us at Exploration of Flight for a roundup of round engine aircraft, featuring the Sea Fury. Plus, view the 2023 Annular Eclipse from Centennial Airport! Build your own telescope and create a moon phase calendar at our learning stations, followed by an educational talk about the eclipse from Wings Over the Rockies Curator Chuck Stout.
Arrive early for prime eclipse viewing, as the eclipse is expected to be visible in the area around 10:30 a.m. The first 100 people will receive free eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse. Additional glasses will be for sale.
Food Truck: Colorado Coney Company
Teachers Only | Professional Development: Nose Art
Teacher Workshop: Nose Art
Teachers are invited to join us for this online workshop and learn a unique aerospace lesson to bring to your classroom!
As aviation developed, especially as the result of World War I, many pilots chose to decorate their aircraft with designs intended to intimidate their opponents, or to remind the pilots of easier times at home. During this unique program, participants will have a chance to review some of that remarkable history and develop their own insignia and learn how to generate the image on a square of aircraft aluminum.
Register below and you will receive a confirmation email with the online meeting link.
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