A-7B CORSAIR II - USS LEXINGTON Museum on the bay in Corpus Christi, Texas



The Vought A-7 Corsair II was designed during the Vietnam conflict as a replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, with about twice the A-4’s payload/range performance. Vought modeled the sub-sonic Corsair on the supersonic F-8 Crusader to save development time. The first operational A-7 squadron, VA-147, was commissioned in February 1967 and went into action in Vietnam aboard the USS Ranger the following December.

Improved models of the aircraft (A-7E) were soon being produced, with a more powerful engine and improved electronics. The U.S. Air Force adopted a land based version of the Corsair II (A-7D) for the Tactical Air Command in the fighter/attack role.


  • Wingspan: 38’9”
  • Length: 46’1”
  • Height: 16’3”
  • Empty Weight: 19,100 lbs.
  • Max Take-Off Weight: 38,000 lbs.
  • Ceiling: 42,500’
  • Crew: One Pilot
  • Max Speed @ Sea Level: 685 mph
  • Combat radius of action: 700 miles
  • Armament: 15,000 lbs of externally mounted bombs, rockets or missiles on six underwing pylons plus two fuselage mounts for missiles or rockets. Two internally mounted 20 mm cannons.


  • Engine: One Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-8 turbofan with 12,200 lbs. of thrust.
  • First Flight: September 2, 1965
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.

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