A-7 Corsair II Units 1975-91

A-7 Corsair II Units 1975-91

Combat Aircraft 135
  • Author: Peter Mersky
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
  • Short code: COM 135
  • Publication Date: 18 Feb 2021
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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/A­18 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.

Biographical Note

Peter B. Mersky has written 16 books and numerous magazine articles concentrating on modern combat aircraft and the Vietnam War. He has written six previous Osprey titles, four of which have focused on the US Navy's and Marine Corps' use of the F­8 Crusader and one on the A-7 Corsair II in Vietnam (COM 48). His last COM (69) was on the A-4 in Vietnam. Another of his books was the first English account on Israeli fighter aces (Specialty Press, 1997), and it was the first such volume to be published outside of Israel. Another of his books, a history of US Marine Corps aviation, now in its fourth edition (Naval Institute Press, 2009), has sold more than 20,000 copies.Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life, he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000 and in that time, he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes. He has specialised in aircraft of the Vietnam War period. He did the profiles for the previous book on A-7s in Vietnam.


1. The Last Battle
2. Peace After Vietnam
3. The turbulent 1980s
More Action in the Middle East
5. Libya and Iran
6. Desert Shield
- Colour Plates Commentary

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