A-7 Corsair II: Usaf & Ang Versions: 003 (Colors & Markings 19)
By Bert Kinzey, Ray Leader
Publisher: Squadron/Signal Pubns 1991 64 Pages
PDF 8 MB
The A-7 Corsair is one of the most popular aircraft in aviation history, and this is the third volume in the Colors & Markings Series to illustrate the paint schemes and markings used on this combat-proven veteran. Volume 9 covered the colors and markings of Navy A-7s based on the Atlantic coast, while Volume 15 presented a look at the Navy's Pacific coast squadrons. In this new publication, we turn our attention to the A-7 Corsairs that have served with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard.
After realizing that it needed a dedicated ground attack aircraft during the war in Vietnam, the U.S. Air Force first opted to acquire some existing Navy A-1 Sky-raiders. But a more permanent solution was needed, and again the Air Force turned to the Navy The A-7 Corsair was already in production for use aboard aircraft carriers, and the Air Force adapted the design for its own needs. The result was the A-7D variant, which became the Air Force's only single-seat version of the Corsair. A-7Ds were quickly assigned to tactical fighter wings in the Air Force, and they performed well in Vietnam.
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