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A-7E Corsair USN Typical Vietnam Load?


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What would be the typical load out for a USN A-7E Corsair around 70 to 73 used in the Gulf of Tonkin?

 

Im thinking maybe 3 x Mk 20 Rockeyes on an TER on outer pylons, 3 x Mk 82 Snakeyes on the middle pylons and 2 x Fuel Tanks on the inner pylons? 
 

is that correct?

Thanks

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I don't think there is a typical load, the mission dictated the load, as for your load, the Navy A-7s rarely needed external tanks as it had plenty of range to get to the target and back. Here is one example:

 

cva431972118DH.jpg

 

the Shrike was probably just for self-defense, just as the one AIM-9. There are plenty of more examples out there.

 

Jari

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On 8/3/2021 at 7:28 AM, thierry laurent said:

Indeed. There was no such thing as a standard load. Choose one picture and copy the load. Modellers and kit companies instructions far too often exceed the actual warload capabilities of bombers!

but there were typical loads :) 
Attached sheet from CVW-8's 1972-73 Cruise report. Hope this helps.

 

 

USS AMERICA  AND CARRIER AIR WING EIGHT  1972-1973 WESTPAC DEPLOYMENT CRUISE REPORT Fulll Grant

 

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