Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F ‘Strikefighter?’

Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F ‘Strikefighter?’.

“The A-7 Corsair II, known also as the SLUF, as in “Short Little Ugly Fucker,” was a conservative balance of economy, persistence, payload, and technology, and its final design evolution, the A-7F, could have been the right fighter for the wars to come in the new millennium.

The A-7 was designed in the early 1960s as an attack-focused offshoot of the Navy’s legendary F-8 Crusader. One could easily venture to say that America could learn something from the meager SLUF, and especially its proposed last iteration, some two decades after it’s retirement from US inventories. The original A-7 was a purpose-built bomb truck, which leveraged a large fuel load, highly efficient turbofan engine, simple airframe design and affordability across the board.

All this came at the expense of Mach-one-plus fighter jet speeds and extreme maneuverability, yet this sacrifice was offset by the most cutting edge installed avionics suite of its day.”

I did a tour in an A-7E Squadron from 85 to 87, VA-147-Argonauts. Good platform. The Air Force had gotten into that fast and high thing………….Fighter Mafia. SLUF could have been good for what ails the Air Force. I work F-16s and the light weight, cheap concept from it’s beginning shows………………………..

Jeff Hollenbeck sent me this link.

7 thoughts on “Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F ‘Strikefighter?’

  1. Only problem with the SLUF was it took 1.4 people to actually fly it to it’s final capabilities when they got all the upgrades in it…

    1. I heard it was actually 1.7 people to fly and fight the aircraft. Nonetheless, it is one of my favorites. Great bird and ridiculously under-appreciated.

  2. First WESTPAC with VA-22 on the Kitty Hawk, 1980-81.. I will always admire the capabilities of the A-7E. I spent the cruise in the IWT shop fixing radars and fighting corrosion….good times!

You may fire when ready, Gridley

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