SLUF……………………is gone………………………..

Sniff……………………Damn Desert Dust anyway…………………………

Seems that a somewhat favorite air frame of yours truly stood down today. The Hellenic Air Force officially retired the last LTV A-7E Corsair II.

I am proud to say that I did serve a tour in The Argonauts of Attack Squadron One Four Seven who in those days past, did fly and fight with the Corsair II. She was a tough little jet and could carry a lot of ordnance and did not need a lot of tanker help to do the job.

SLUF is gone……………but she will never be forgotten……………………..So Long Old Friend. Fair Winds and Following Seas.

last a-7
The last A-7. She served in the 336 MIRA of the Hellenic Air Force. Fly Low. Hit Hard.

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Wings in 1986
Yours Truly, Front Row Center in The Spring of 1986 while serving in Attack Squadron One Four Seven, Carrier Air Wing Nine. Commander James H. Oliver Commanding(Back Row, Right) This was the day I was awarded my Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Wings.

A-7A_VA-174_CVA-61_1968 A-7As_VA-147_taking_off_from_NAS_Lemoore_1967

 

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10 thoughts on “SLUF……………………is gone………………………..

  1. Murphy's Law

    Damned shame. There was a bird that, in the right hands, could flatten just about anything that needed flattening.

  2. That’s a loss… It ‘only’ took 1.4 people to fly the airplane to it’s full capability… Only problem, it was a single seater!!! Crash, Spider and all the others who flew it and worked the bird to perfection deserve a tip of the hat, and another to those who maintained them!!!

You may fire when ready, Gridley

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