Vought A-7K 'Corsair II'

Notes: Two seat version of A-7D.
  Base model:A-7
  Nickname:Corsair II
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
  Crew:Pilot & BN

  Length: 46' 1" 14.0 m
  Height:16' 1" 4.9 m
  Wingspan: 38' 9" 11.8 m
  Wingarea: 375.0 sq ft 34.8 sq m
  Empty Weight: 19,127 lb 8,674 kg
  Gross Weight: 39,325 lb 17,834 kg
  Max Weight: 42,000 lb 19,047 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Allison TF41-A-1
  Thrust (each):14,500 lb 6,575 kg

  Cruise Speed: 532 mph 856 km/h 462 kt
  Max Speed: 699 mph 1,125 km/h 608 kt

Known serial numbers
79-0460 / 79-0471, 80-0284 / 80-0295, 81-0072 / 81-0077

Examples of this type may be found at
Iowa ANG - 185th FG, Sioux CitySioux CityIowa


Recent comments by our visitors
 Joe V.
 , TN
In answer to your question about A-7Ks in the operational units I've seen a photo of an A-7K in the markings of the 188th TFS, NMANG "Tacos" on their web site:


02/02/2008 @ 12:56 [ref: 19512]
 Colorado Springs, CO
I got an incentive ride in an A-7, and it was quite a nice plane. This is when I was in the 4450th TG, which was the original F-117 Stealth fighter unit. They used the A-7's for pilot proficiency maintenance during the period the planes were still being tested and produced. The pilot who took me on the flight ended up being the commander of the 37th FW when they spearheaded the attack on Bagdhad.

At the time, they told me that this particular aircraft started off as a single seat model, and had had a nose gear failure, and that the Vought company decided to rebuild the AC as a two seat for proof of concept. I don't know if they were just fooling with me or not.
06/20/2006 @ 06:13 [ref: 13553]
 Glenn J. McCain
 Jacksonville, FL
I was a crew chief at the 162nd Fighter Wing and worked on the A-7K from the time we received them from the factory until they were transferred to other units when we converted to the F-16 aircraft.
The aircraft that I crewed was tail number 79-0468.
If you have any questions about the A-7K that I might be able to answer, feel free to E-mail me.
Glenn McCain
06/12/2001 @ 21:12 [ref: 2448]
 Jake Melampy
 , OH
There were 31 "K"models built. One each was stationed at each ANG squadron throughout the country. The remaining were given to the Arizona ANG for initial/conversion training.
02/15/2001 @ 17:03 [ref: 1645]
 , UT
An associate (former AMMO troop prone to tall tales) has told me that the two seat version of USAF A-7s were all and only at the RTU. The ops units had none. Now, as a fighter pilot myself, I find that hard to believe. For Instrument and Qual checks the two-seater would pay for itself, as we see in the F-16 squadrons. The two seat F-16 is a combat capable jet, it carries lots less fuel internally, so carries more externally. As I remember the two seat F-5 (not the T-38 -- different jet) had one less gun, but was considered a combat capable aircraft as well. So let's hear from former A-7 folks -- were there two seat A-7s in the field, or were they all at the RTU?
11/17/2000 @ 09:37 [ref: 1055]


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