L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30264 posts, RR: 57 Posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6616 times:
I am sure most of you know the Vought A-7 Corsair II was originally developed by the Navy and then forced on the AIr Force by Robert McNamera. The Air Force retired their D models by the mid to late 1980's when they where replaced by F-16's. The Navy used their E models in the 91 Persian gulf war before phasing them out in favor of F/A-18's.
Because of the difference in retirement date the Navy flew a number of weapon systems that where still being devolved when the Air Force retired theirs. What I am looking for is any ideas on who hard it would have been to fit out Air force D models with some of the systems the E model did actually fly. Particularly Harpoon and Harm
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BigJKU From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 883 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6215 times:
The E's were initially just D's adopted into Navy service. Ironically a Navy aircraft forced on the Air Force was updated by the USAF and then the USN adopted that model into the fleet. The main difference from earlier models was the engine. Going forward the main difference is going to be that the Navy kept improving the E's over time while the USAF just built new aircraft. Someone more knowledgeable than me would have to tell you exactly what the differences were by the end but when they were initially built the E and D were very similar so fitting them with the weapons would have been just a matter of funding.
mechatnew From United States of America, joined May 2005, 112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6212 times:
The US Navy and US Air National Guard retired the A-7 about the same time, 1993/94. The active duty Air Force retired most of them by 1982 except for a test/support aircraft.
The US Navy carried a wider variety of precision guided weapons. Both the AGM-62 Walleye TV guided weapon and the AGM-88 Harm missile were used during the campaigns from the mid 1980s till last combat during 1991.