Vought A-7 Corsair II on Flickr.

The A-7 was based on Vought’s successful supersonic fighter, the F-8 Crusader. It’s airframe was shorter and lighter than the Crusader’s. The Corsair II replaced the A-4 Skyhawk in the US Navy’s inventory, as well as a variety of other aircraft in the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.

My dad worked on A-7s aboard the USS Kennedy as an avionics technician.

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