The American designed A-7 Corsair II was designed as a light attack aircraft, that was also carrier capable. Designed in the early 1960's, and first deployed in the late 60's, the aircraft has gone on to serve with a few other countries. One of these operators, Greece, continued to fly A-7 variants right up until 2014. The latest edition from Wings & Wheels Publication
, In Detail, has a closer look at two variants flown by Greece during their last ten years of service.
Corsair II In Detail: Vought Corsair II A-7E and TA-7C in Last 10 Years of Service
Publishished by: Wings & Wheels Publication
Written By: Ioannis (John) Lekkas/Frantisek Koran
A new book from Wings and Wheels Publications
, in their In Detail series, cover two variants of the Corsair II, the A-7E and TA-7C, which remained in service until 2014. That's quite a life for this aircraft which was first flown in the 1960's. The book was done in cooperation with Ioannis Lekkas from Eagle Aviation, a publishing company from Greece that specializes in the publication of official photo albums for the Hellenic Air Force.
The book is published in a 9.5" by 9" format and printed on glossy paper. All the images are in color, and very well done. What's important though is there are lots of detailed photographs in the book with some being full page while other are nicely split. The book is divided into two sections with roughly 100 pages dedicated the A-7E variant and about 20 pages for the TA-7C as most of the details would be the same.
In this edition you'll find a history of the 336 Squadron, the last of the Corsairs. This will provide a little background into the use of the Corsair in its final years. Also included is a chronicle of the A-7 in the Hellenic Air Force.
The "lots" of detailed photographs are then broken down into sections with each section providing an excellent view of the aircraft's components. The book is segmented as follows:
- HAF Tigers
- Walk Around
- A-7E Cockpit
- A7-E Avionics
- Vulcan Details
- Landing Gear
- Engine Details
- Wing Details
- Wing Pylons
- Bombs and Rockets
- A-7H HAF Corsairs
- TA-7C Walk Around
- TA-7C Cockpit Details
For modelers, or even fans of the aircraft, the photographs will prove invaluable in getting the details right. There are even several interior pictures of the engine bay, perfect for those looking to add extra realism, and will be especially beneficial for larger scale modelers wanting to show an aircraft during maintenance.
Overall, this is a great reference book from Wings & Wheels
covering the A-7 variants of the Hellenic Air Force. The great photographs presented in the book do an excellent job of showing off almost every detail of these aircraft and would definitely be a welcomed asset to any modeler or aircraft enthusiast. I would highly recommend this book.