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.
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)