Born of necessity during the Vietnam War, the Vought A-7 Corsair II ushered in a level of lethality, target accuracy, and economy not realized in any plane before it, and, arguably, any that followed. Originally designed as a "bomb truck," the A-7 would, with the assistance (and insistence) of the US Air Force, realize its full potential. It was the first combat aircraft to feature a heads-up display (HUD)?n incredibly accurate, integrated navigation/weapons computer?nd a host of other innovations like fly-by-wire and forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras; abilities today? combat pilot takes for granted. This book tells the story of the A-7 from design and development to combat deployment from Vietnam to its last use in Operation Desert Storm. Its multiple variants are discussed along with its use by the US Navy and Air Force, as well as overseas with the air forces of Greece and Portugal.?
Mat ?rish?Garretson? relationship with the A-7 began in 1979 when, as a high school student, he participated in a drill weekend with the local Naval Reserve A-7 squadron. Over the years, Garretson has amassed the largest private collection of A-7 photographs, memorabilia and hardware in the world, including his own A-7. He serves as executive director of the A-7 Corsair II Association, and as President of Friends of Naval Aviation. He is a lifetime member of the Tailhook Association, Association of Naval Aviation, and Naval Aviation Museum, and a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. He divides his time between Eagan, Minnesota and Pensacola, Florida, with his wife, Amie, and sons Jack and Thomas.

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