The LTV A-7 Corsair II


is a carrier-capable 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, a system that shows information in the line of sight of the pilot instead of putting it on a cockpit instrument), an inertial navigation system (INS, using a computer and motion sensors), 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.






First flight









Primary users







Number built

Attack aircraft




26 September 1965


February 1967


1991 (USAF, USN); 1993 (ANG)

1999 (Portuguese Air Force)


Active (Greece)


United States Navy (historical)

United States Air Force (historical)

Portuguese Air Force (historical)

Hellenic Air Force





While USAF A-7s stayed home in favor of A-10s, the US Navy deployed two of their last A-7E squadrons to Operation Desert Shield in August 1990 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), the only carrier of six deployed to Desert Storm to operate the A-7.


VA-46 and VA-72 made the last combat sorties of the A-7 in Operation Desert Storm flying from the Red Sea to targets throughout Iraq.

General characteristics


Crew: 1 or 2


Length: 46 ft 1.5 in (14.06 m)


Wingspan: 38 ft 9 in (11.81 m)


Height: 16 ft 0.75 in (4.90 m)


Wing area: 375 ft² (34.8 m²)


Airfoil: NACA 65A007 root and tip


Empty weight: 19,490 lb (8,840 kg)


Max. takeoff weight: 42,000 lb (19,050 kg)


Powerplant: 1 × Allison TF41-A-2 turbofan, 14,500 lbf (64.5 kN)



Maximum speed: 600 knots (698 mph, 1,123 km/h) at sea level


Combat radius: 621 nmi (700 mi, 1,127 km)


Ferry range: 2,485 nmi (2,860 mi, 4,600 km) with external fuel tanks


Wing loading: 77.4 lb/ft² (379 kg/m²)