LTV A-7E Corsair II – AJ401, VA-86 Sidewinders, US Navy, USS Nimitz 1978
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Century Wings 1/72 scale 778962: Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II AJ401 of VA-86 Sidewinders, US Navy, USS Nimitz, 1978. Limited Edition of 1000 Pieces
Length 7.75 inches Wingspan 6.5 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box condition is 9 out of 10, with the odd light surface imperfection
US Navy Attack Squadron 86 (VA-86) Sidewinders was the new designation given to VF-921 on July 1st, 1955. The squadron transitioned from the F7U Cutlass to the A-4 Skyhawk before becoming the first operational squadron to upgrade to the A-7 Corsair II in June, 1967. The Sidewinders deployed many times with the A-7 on various Nimitz class carriers. The squadron was re-designated Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 86 (VFA-86) on July 15th, 1987 when it transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet.
Designed as a longer-range, higher-payload replacement for the A-4 Skyhawk, the A-7 Corsair II was first flown on September 27th, 1965. This aircraft entered service during the Vietnam war and later became one of only a few US Navy aircraft to serve with the US Air Force. It possessed cutting edge technologies; it was one of the first aircraft to use a turbofan engine, an internal navigation system and a “head-up” display. Late in its career, A-7s were used for pilot training and were parked outside of hangars in order to draw the attention of Soviet spy satellites away from the fledgling F-117.