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LTV A-7 Corsair II
- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 100
- Pure Stock
The Corsair II was designed as a subsonic carrier-based attack aircraft by the Ling-Temco-Vought corporation to replace the aging A-4 Skyhawk. The Corsair II bears an extremely strong similarity to the F-8 Crusader that Vought produced. The Corsair II was built on a similar airframe, but has a shortened fuselage and lacks the variable-incidence wing of the Crusader. It also lacked the afterburner required to reach supersonic speeds. As a result, the Corsair II could carry heavier bomb loads and still operate from carriers.
Pilots appreciated the Corsair II as both a nimble aircraft and a stable bombing platform. However, they often complained about the general lack of engine thrust. This would plague the A-7 in Vietnam, where the hot, humid air robbed the engines of even more power. Pilots would have to fly for twenty miles after takeoff before retracting the slats and gaining altitude, and had similar problems on carrier launches. The unsatisfactory solution of using reduced bomb loads was reached, but even then, the A-7 underpreformed.
Fortunately, this replication is just as maneuverable and stable without the takeoff issues.
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