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19 minutes ago, LSP_K2 said:

Weren't the A-4, A-6, A-7 and A-10 al developed long after 1948?

Yes, but they reset the numbering system in 1962, going to a unified system instead of separate USAF/USN designation schemes, and restarting from -1 for the different types.  They’ve also violated the sequence a number of times.




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Hi Kevin,


While the USAF abandoned the attack designation, the Navy continued to use it.  When the joint designation system was introduced in October 1962, the A4D became the A-4, and the A6F became the A-6.  (The AD became the A-1, too.)  I'm not certain the A-7 was ever designated the A7V (I suspect not).  The A-10 continued the new attack designations in the early 1970s.






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Would it have been A7V anyway?  I thought Vought’s manufacturer letter was U, as in the F4U Corsair.  Also, not sure that Vought had submitted six previous attack designs so that 7 would have been the next number for them.  Anyway, I don’t think the design started until after they had swapped to the unified designation system sine the prototype didn’t fly until late 1965.

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