Earlier this month, I was able to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum again. Last year I spent a day shooting photos and was later contacted by them to use several images in their advertising and museum brochures. It has been a real treat to see these images in print, on their Facebook page and more. I was happy to donate their use to this non-profit foundation, as it is one of the best aviation museums in the country and should be on anyone’s list of airplane exhibits.
The Vought A-7 Corsair II is a carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft introduced to replace the A-4 Skyhawk. The A-7 airframe design was based on the successful supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader. It was one of the first combat aircraft to feature a head-up display(HUD), an inertial navigation system (INS), and a turbofan engine.
The Corsair II was used in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and Dessert Storm. This VA-46 on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum flew over 30 strike missions in Dessert Storm. Floating above the Corsair is the Harrier Jump Jet, the first operational close-support and reconnaissance fighter aircraft with vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL).