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Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

YA-7D "Corsair II"

Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV)

 
 
YA-7D - "Corsair II" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
1. YA-7D - "Corsair II" Marker
Inscription.  The Corsair II was designed to meet a 1963 Navy requirement for a light attack plane to replace the A-4. The Navy’s A-7A made its first flight in September 1965. Two months later, the Air Force settled on the A-7 as a low-cost way to provide specialized, close–air support to the Army. Over 450 A-7Ds were eventually delivered to the USAF. A-7Ds flew 12,928 sorties during the Vietnam War, including the last air strike into Cambodia. The last A-7Ds in combat were flown by Air National Guard pilots during Operation Just Cause in Panama in December of 1989.

The A-7D first flew at Dallas, TX in April 1968 with follow-on testing at Edwards AFB. The A-7D on display is the #2 prototype aircraft, hence the “Y” designation. It served its entire career in flight test at Edwards. It made the first totally fiber optic-controlled flight using a single-fiber flight control system in March 1982.

On loan from the USAF Museum.
 
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Center Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1982.
 
Location.
YA-7D - "Corsair II" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
2. YA-7D - "Corsair II" Marker
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34° 54.769′ N, 117° 55.21′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Rosamond Boulevard near Lancaster Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Located next to the old AFFTC Museum. Edwards Air Force Base is not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Rosamond Blvd, Edwards CA 93524, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T-28B "Trojan" (a few steps from this marker); F-111A "Aardvark" (a few steps from this marker); T-33A “Shooting Star” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-84F - "Thunderstreak" (within shouting distance of this marker); CT-39A - "Sabreliner" (within shouting distance of this marker); N.F.-11 (T.T.-20) - “Meteor” (within shouting distance of this marker); UC-45J - "Expeditor" (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird” (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
YA-7D - "Corsair II" and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
3. YA-7D - "Corsair II" and Marker
YA-7D - "Corsair II" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
4. YA-7D - "Corsair II"
YA-7D - "Corsair II" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
5. YA-7D - "Corsair II"
YA-7D - "Corsair II" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
6. YA-7D - "Corsair II"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on March 16, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 9, 2023