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Question...

Is there such thing as an A6 Corsair (Vietnam era)??  All I can find is A6 Intruders.  I have also found A7 Corsairs but no A6's.

Now I've made myself dizzy.  Please help!!!!



 Posted: Fri May 2nd, 2008 08:40 pm
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  I believe that the A-6 was the Intruder and the A-7 the Corsair II. I don't believe that the " Corsair" label ever applied to the A-6.

A-6 Intruder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aircraft used in the Vietnam War - pics and info from both sides of the conflict



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The Corsair II is the A-7. It was designed as a replacemtn of the venerable A-4 Skyraider. There is no such thing as an A-6 Corsair, The A-6 is the INtruder nad the Electronic version (EA-6-B) is known as the Prowler. All of them were Vietnam era naval aircraft. I worked on each of them at one point or another but my first "love" as it were was and remains the A-7 Corsair, My first enlistment was with VA-86 Working on A-7-Es Hope this helps, Neil



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Thank you for your help!  I'm trying to figure out what was on the USS Midway around 1970.  I've now figured it must have been the A7 Corsair along side the F4J Phantom?

 



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  Its likely that you would have found the two long serving aircraft, the F-4 and the A-7 on the MIDWAY in 1970. I'm not certain what models they would have been at that time. The F4J was flown by the Navy and the Marines.

F-4 Phantom II - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A-7 Corsair II - Military Aircraft

  The MIDWAY was a very interesting ship. A cousin of mine served on her before the flight deck conversion was made.

U.S. Navy - A Brief History of Aircraft Carriers - USS Midway (CVB 41)

  Here are some photos of the ship from the Vietnam era forward. The entire site is worth viewing.

 

Aircraft Carrier Photo Index: USS MIDWAY (CVB-41)



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Thank you TD.  Great links.

I'm writing up an article for a very small and very local monthly newsletter.  I wanted to add something for our upcoming Memorial Day and I thought interviewing a local Vet would be a cool idea.  The interview took place last night and now I'm going over all of my notes.  He was on the Midway from 69-73 (He remembers it in dry dock in San Fran for the deck conversions)

I'll be in the San Diego area soon and so now I think I'll have to add the Midway museum to my list.  So interesting!



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 The standard airwing complement for that time would have been:

2 F-4 Phantom squadrons (VF)

2 A-7 Squadrons (VA)

1 A-6 squadron (VA)

1 EA6 squadron (VAQ)

1 S-2 squadron(prop driven VS anti-submarine)

1 H-3 squadron (Helicopter ASW)

and possibly

1 RA-5 vigilante SQuadron for fast recon

Hope this helps. Neil



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1stsgt, that does help.  Lots actually.  Thanks. :)

I knew my question would be answered swiftly around here.



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Oh, one more thing,

What about the mail plane on board?  Are they called COD's?



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Fuller:

 They are indeed and the current version is as well. They were basically the same aircraft as the S-2 without the ASW gear. They had a nasty habit of kicking the props over due to compressionbuild up in the engines. It would definately ring your chimes for you if you weren't careful Have a great weekend, Neil



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Also fuel left in the cylinder as well could spark from the heat, and kick the prop over. The C-1 was a converted S-2. Usually one of the earlier models which were smaller slightly than the later versions. Especially the S-2Es



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Aviation is everyone's lost love. :)



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Man now I have to dig out my old Vietnam US warplanes photo book. I haven't looked at that thing in years. Actually got away with being able to read it as a reading book back in 8th grade only because of the detailed captions it had. Think I remember a few of the photos being of Duke Cunningham and his RIO before and after Top Gun. But that was over 20 years ago since I last looked at it.



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