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LTV A-7 Corsair II

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The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II is a carrier-capable subsonic light 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), an inertial navigation system (INS), 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, Canada in the early 1980s, and Portugal in the late 1980s.

In the 1990s, the US began selling surplus A-7 Corsair II attack fighters to Canada, Greece, and Portugal. In the early 2000s, the Canadian government had their A-7E fleet upgraded based on the YA-7F Strikefighter concept. The CA-187s received improved electronics, avionics, radar, and engines (the General Electric F110-GE-129). In 2016, the Corsair II would be phased out of service by the Lockheed Martin F-16CA Fighting Falcon.

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  • Canada
    • Royal Canadian Air Force
    • Royal Canadian Navy
  • Greece
    • Hellenic Air Force
  • Portugal
    • Portuguese Air Force
  • United States
    • United States Air Force
    • United States Navy
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