Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Vought A-7E Corsair II
Type: Carrier-based attack-bomber
Crew: Pilot only
Maximum Speed: 693 mph
Power Plant: One 14,250 lb S.T. Allison TF41-A-2 turbofan
Weight: 21 tons
Tactical Range: 490 miles
Armament: One 20mm M61-A1 multi-barrel gun, two mounts for sidewinder AAM’s, 6 wing stations for 10,000 lbs of bombs or AGM’s
LTV corporation was contracted in March 1964 to manufacture the Corsair II, and the first A-7A flew on September 27, 1965. VA-147 was commissioned as the first tactical squadron in February 1967 and made the first carrier landings aboard the U.S.S. Ranger in June 1967. This same squadron saw action for the first time over Vietnam in December 1967. The A-7E first flew in November 1968 and entered service in Vietnam in May 1970. The U.S. Navy procured a total of 535 A-7E’s, with production ending in 1983. At peak utilization in the mid 80’s, 22 Navy Squadrons used the A-7E and the Corsair II did not retire from the Navy’s front-line units until well into the 90’s.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMilitary • War, Vietnam. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1967.
Location. 33° 11.6′ N, 87° 31.517′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is on McFarland Boulevard East (U.S. 82), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial park, located in front of University Mall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 McFarland Boulevard East, Tuscaloosa AL 35404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica Gates for Northington General Hospital (a few steps from this marker); U.S.S. Tuscaloosa (CA 37) (within shouting distance of this marker); Gun from the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa (within shouting distance of this marker); Willys Jeep (within shouting distance of this marker); Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); French 75 Millimeter Feldhase (within shouting distance of this marker); M60A3 TTS Medium Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Also see . . . LTV A-7 Corsair II From Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 9, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
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