HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
Definitely an A-7. Don't feel bad though, they were both made by Vought. The design of the aircraft are similiar, with the A-7 being a shorter attack version and the F-8 a longer (sexier) air to air fighter.
Got the rare chance to see the two together at this last weekends airshow. They were in unflyable condition but cool nonetheless.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
Ling-Temco-Vought A-7D-7-CV Corsair II
On display at the Virginia Air Museum, Richmond Intl Apt, VA.
And PPGMD that "funky wing raiser" the F-8 had is called variable-incidence, and it is really more of a fuselage-lowerer than a wing raiser. You fly the wing to the desired angle to control vertical flight path and (along with thrust) speed. If you kept the fuselage steady and "raised" the wing you would depart the flight path in most sporty fashion. Seen air-to-air the wing remains steady, the nose of the plane lowers. As the plane slows for an approach (using elevator to raise the wing angle) the pilot can still see over the nose and the intake still points forward.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.