A USAF decision to procure the Vought A-7 aircraft was the second instance in a decade to buy Navy aircraft. The aircraft was modified to meet Air Force requirements by replacing the original Pratt & Whitney TF30 engine with the Allison TF-41-A-1 turbofan, increasing power by 2,000 lb. thrust. Other changes included installation of a 20mm multi-barrel cannon, and advanced navigation/attack systems, heads-up display, and laser rangefinder.
USAF S/N 70-0998 is an A-7D-17-CV, one of 450 built by Ling-Temco Vought in Dallas, Texas. The aircraft was delivered to the 162nd Tactical Fighter Group (ANG), Tucson International Airport, Arizona in July 1976. It remained with this unit until flown to the museum on November 3, 1989.
Power plant: One 14,500 lb. thrust Allison TF-41-A-1 turbofan.
Span: 38 ft 9 in. Length: 46 ft 1-1/2 in. Height: 16 ft 0 in.
Weight: Empty – 19,490 lbs.; Gross – 42,000 lbs.
Max. Speed: 698 mph at low level.
Ferry range: over 4,000 miles.
Armament: One fixed M-61 20mm Vulcan cannon, two fuselage and six wing weapons
stations with total combined capacity of 20,000 lbs. (Maximum external load: 15,000 lbs.)
THIS AIRCRAFT IS ON LOAN FROM THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE USAF