At the A-7 Corsair II's peak in the mid-1980s, some 30 US Navy squadrons flew various versions of the aircraft, including six Naval Air Reserve units, and these many of these units saw action across the Middle East. By the time the jet saw combat in Operation Desert Storm (1991), there remained only two fleet squadrons - many fleet squadrons having either disestablished or transitioned to the F/A 18 Hornet - but both of these units (VA-46 and VA-72) played a major role in the campaign to free Kuwait. The book details the technological development and improvements that were introduced to the airframe post-Vietnam (the FLIR targeting pod from 1979 and AGM-88 HARM missile from 1983 being the most important), and how they shaped operational employment of the aircraft. The jet's combat experiences in conflicts during the 1970s (Cambodia), 1980s (Lebanon, Grenada, Libya and Iran), and 1990s (Iraq) are explained in detail, and Peter Mersky's expert analysis is supported by numerous first-hand accounts from naval aviators that saw action with the A-7 during these campaigns.
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Publication date: 08/02/2021
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 248mm X 184mm
Chapter One - Return to Normalcy (1974-80) Mayaguez (1975) New weapons (AGM-88) and improved capability (FLIR pod) Peacetime deployments to the Mediterranean and WestPac Chapter Two - Drive-By Strikes (1980-83) Iran (1980) Grenada (1983) Lebanon (1983) Chapter Three - Combat in the Med and the Middle East Libya (1986) Iran (1988) Chapter Four - Final Combat Cruise Iraq (1990-91) Appendices - Full listing of all US Navy A-7 post-Vietnam combat squadron deployments, dates and carriers in 1975-1991 - Colour Plates Commentaries - Index