LTV A-7E Corsair II – VA-22 Fighting Redcocks, US. Navy, Operation Praying Mantis 1988
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JC Wings 1/72 scale JCW72A7003: LTV A-7E Corsair II US. Navy VA-22 Fighting Redcocks Operation Praying Mantis 1988. Limited edition of 500 models. Stand not included.
Length 7.75 inches Wingspan 6.5 inches
Operation Praying Mantis was an attack on 18th April 1988, by the United States Armed Forces within Iranian territorial waters in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf during the Iran–Iraq War and the subsequent damage to an American warship.
On 14th April, the guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts struck a mine while deployed in the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Earnest Will, the 1987–88 convoy missions in which U.S. warships escorted reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers to protect them from Iranian attacks. The explosion blew a 4.5 m (15-foot) hole in the Samuel B. Roberts’s hull and nearly sank it. The crew saved their ship with no loss of life, and the Samuel B. Roberts was towed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 16th April. After the mining, U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) divers recovered other mines in the area. When the serial numbers were found to match those of mines seized along with the Iran Ajr the previous September, U.S. military officials planned a retaliatory operation against Iranian targets in the Persian Gulf. While deployed aboard USS Enterprise in April 1988, while in the Persian Gulf, VA-22 A-7E Corsair aircraft participated in sinking the Iranian frigate Sahand which had fired missiles at two American A-6 Intruders.
In 2004 the VFA-22 upgraded to the F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet that it is still flying today.
The LTV A-7 Corsair II is an American carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft manufactured by Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its airframe design is somewhat a smaller version of the supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader. The Corsair II initially entered service with the United States Navy (USN) during the Vietnam War. It was later adopted by the United States Air Force (USAF), including the Air National Guard, to replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraider and North American F-100 Super Sabre. The aircraft was also exported to Greece in the 1970s, and to Portugal in the late 1980s.