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LCDR Leighton Smith VA-82 Marauders A-7C Iron Hand

The LTV A-7 Corsair II is an American carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft designed and manufactured by Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV).

The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its design was derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader; in comparison with the F-8, the A-7 is both smaller and restricted to subsonic speeds, its airframe being simpler and cheaper to produce. Following a competitive bid by Vought in response to the United States Navy’s (USN) VAL (Heavier-than-air, Attack, Light) requirement, an initial contract for the type was issued on 8 February 1964. Development was rapid, first flying on 26 September 1965 and entering squadron service with the USN on 1 February 1967; by the end of that year, A-7s were being deployed overseas for the Vietnam War.

This aircraft was flown by VA-82 Marauders attack pilot Lt Leighton Smith on a Surface-to-Air Missile or SAM suppression mission. The aircraft carries Mk20 Rockeye cluster bombs the A-7C could accurately toss several miles because of their new continuously calculated impact point or CCIP computers. The aircraft also carries the AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missile designed to home in on the North Vietnamese FANSONG radars which guided the SA-2 Guideline missile to the targeted aircraft. Lt Leighton “Snuffy” Smith became a four star Admiral and commander of US Naval Forces in Europe during the air campaigns in Kosovo 1998-1999. (Wikipedia)

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