Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair ll
The museum’s Corsair II is an A-7E that was flown by Captain John “Shooter” Sanders with the Bluehawks of VA 72, operating from the USS John F. Kennedy. It was the last of the A-7s to be withdrawn from U.S. Inventory and is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. The camel silhouettes on the port side of the fuselage designate the 39 missions flown in the Gulf War. The other markings indicate that it dropped 64 general-purpose bombs, 105 cluster bombs and three walleye glide bombs and that it launched 10 HARMS missiles.
Designed to replace the A-4 Skyhawk as the Navy’s front-line attack aircraft, the U.S. Navy’s A-7 Corsair II was capable of carrying a bomb load of up to 10,000 lbs. These aircraft entered service at the height of the Vietnam War where they logged their first combat missions in 1967.