Osprey's examination of A-7 Corsair II Units of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Arriving on station with the USS Ranger (CVA-61) in early December 1967, the first Corsair II squadron became operational immediatedly and sustained its first combat loss three weeks later. This book tells how the A-7 soon proved its worth supporting ground operations in South Vietnam. As it continued to serve in the ground support role, the navy swiftly introduced the A-7E which soon ran into difficulties with supply lines - perhaps on account of what many perceived to have been a rushed introduction to service. Once these teething problems were resolved, the A-7E became the primary air-to-ground aircraft of the fleet.
About the Author
Peter Mersky is a former US Navy commander who won the highest naval award for journalism following the publication of 'F-8 Crusader Units of the Vietnam War' and 'RF-8 Crusader Units over Cuba and Vietnam' (Combat Aircraft 7 and 12.) He retired from the service last year to become a full time aviation writer.
Table of Contents
The A-7 · Introduction to Combat, 1967-1968 · Mid-War Slowdown, 1969-1970 · Linebackers and Other Sportsmen, 1971-1975