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An A-7 Corsair is prepared for launch in the "danger zone" aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean and is armed with Mk-82 high drag bombs. The AC has completed its forth sortie as it is "war ready" for it's fifth sortie.

As Over time, the Corsair acquired other names such as 'SLUF' ('Short, Little, Ugly, Fella'), 'the Harley', and for wary deck crews working in front the A-7's large intake, 'the Gator'.

The Air Force A-7 Corsair II was derived from the
Corsair developed for the Navy in the early 1960s,
and was more or less ordered off-the-shelf. The
first USAF prototype flew on April 6, 1968. The only
significant changes to the LTV-built Navy version
were use of a different engine and addition of a
20 mm cannon (which the Navy later adopted).
Somewhat less than beautiful, the A-7—in both
the Air Force and Navy versions—proved to be
both effective and highly adaptable.
The A-7 was intended to replace the A-4 Skyhawk,
and it sprang from a requirement to be developed
from an existing type. LTV won with a highly modified
version of its F-8 Crusader, a fact which helped
speed A-7 development. The Corsair II had a shorter
fuselage and larger air intake, but its wings were
roughly the same size, and it used both leading edge
and trailing edge flaps, as well as upper surface
spoilers, as did the F-8. The A-7’s main strength
was payload; it could carry up to 15,000 pounds
of ordnance. USAF expressed interest in 1966,
ordering an A-7D with a more powerful engine.
The Navy A-7 entered combat in Vietnam in December
1967 and flew more than 90,000 combat
missions there. The Air Force A-7s pulled heavy
combat duty late in the war, flying close air support
missions and serving with search and rescue
operators. The type achieved high accuracy with
bomb drops by the aid of an automatic electronic
navigation and weapons delivery system. In 1973,
the Air Force began assigning A-7Ds to Air National
Guard units.

This is a mixed media project, AC based on a photo by the U.S. Navy Public Domain. Painted BG and AC painted and edited with GIMP. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Mike
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:iconjdunk1971:
JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Wonderful plane, it just wore out from long, hard use.   The USN needs a long-range strike aircraft like the Corsair II; the Super Hornet is a very nice plane in its own right but has a range barely half of the Corsair.
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caniswolfe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic work. Watched. 
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it.
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:iconcaniswolfe:
caniswolfe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not as problem!
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Project-Remnant Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Writer
This has to be one of my favorite aircraft. It looks like some sort of spaceship. I love the feeling you've captured in this picture, very "cold war gone hot" sort of feel. I feel like this guy is on a runway somewhere for a quick re-arm. It looks like smoke rising up in the background from some distant battle. There's a story in this picture for sure, a scene straight out of a movie. :) (Smile) 

Stay creative and stay inspired 
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate the feedback.
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Wolfman-053 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
You've only listed the politically correct interpretation of SLUF, but I figure the other one isn't exactly polite enough for dA...
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Correct, great aircraft with an appropriate nickname.
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:iconwolfman-053:
Wolfman-053 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Oddly enough, the impolite version of BUFF (nickname for the B-52 Stratofortress) made it on to TV (admittedly with the F-bomb muted out) in an episode of 'Great Planes'.
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Waterflame6 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
...I think it wants to eat me...:iconhecknoplz:
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:iconkittyhawk72:
kittyhawk72 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
I served as a Plane Captain for these planes with VA-192 in 1971-1973. We were aboard the USS Kittyhawk from Feb. 1972 to Nov 1972. Your rendering of this aircraft brought back memories I had not encountered in quite some time. The "Gator" almost got me once - my shirt sleeve 'fluttered' once; best to keep well away!!!   Thanks.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your service. 
Appreciate the feedback. Cheers.
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Vietnam era warplanes had a hint of turboprop heritage in them, which gave them their unique identity. The latest (F-22) don't look like anything built by people and has therefore a different 'disconnected' feel to them.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its all about new technology as aviation moves forward. I often wonder what would have the air war been like if drones had been used in Vietnam.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Cheers.
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jheinked Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
wow! this is amazing
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. Cheers.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Antonis, This is one of my favorites also. I actually used a smudge tool to paint/edit the art scene. Its a technique I saw looking at portraits.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont know how i missed that ,great work here Mike
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:iconronin201:
Ronin201 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
she may be short but when she's armed and ready...some pain's gonna be dealt
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your right, she had a good career and did her job well. Mike
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khor11 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
perfect!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate the comments.

Cheers, Mike
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renjikuchiki1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
as of most American aircraft, it has got nothing on MiG's........ now those are aircraft, but you did a good job making this piece
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841376252 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
amzaing
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks to all for your feedbacks, glad you like it.

Cheers, Mike
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841376252 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
can you see my work?
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TheDARKWOLF Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice piece of work. B-)

*though not sure why this is part of the WW II club** :confused:
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats awesome lad :3
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:iconpimphand:
pimphand Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool man! I have always been a big fan of the A7. Nicely done.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks guys for the feedback, appreciate it.
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pimphand Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime you really did render the A-7 well and the MK-82's. I had the privillage of seeing some of those birds in person and they were really cool. I have some pictures from A-7's from the first Gulf War and they were sporting mission's over the hump markings on the fuesalage. You did a good job of capturing the feel of a flight deck.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appriciate the kind words.

I have a few military friends that scrutinize my work and I enjoy doing research until I feel it is mostly accurate. I read were launching aircraft is one of the most dangerous jobs there is.

Cheers, Mike
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Thats bad azz!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You Much, fun project for me.
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Yes!
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Manduleen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow amazing!

Absolument superbe ! J'aime beaucoup les avions militaires, et là, l'ambiance est vraiment appropriée. Super boulot !
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:iconnavjag:
NavJAG Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great work - the Navy really lost a lot of capabilities when both the A-7 and A-6 were retired!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The A-7 serverd our country well, from the Vietnam War to Desert Storm. Good Record.
Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers, Mike
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NavJAG Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very true - your image is a great way to honor the A-7's service!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate the feedback.

Mike
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focallength Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
A buddy of mine flew these in the first Gulf War (Desert Storm).
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I have read the pilots liked them.

Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers, Mike
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focallength Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
My friend liked flying them.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It nice to get first hand knowledge from a pilot.
Thanks for the feedback.

Mike
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focallength Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
You're welcome.
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Blitzkriegoperative Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My favourite 2nd favourite US aircraft.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is your #1 aircraft?

The A-7 has a that "look". I like a lot of AC's

I went to the USAF Mueseum at Dayton and Like every AC there. The Phantom and Skyraider blew me away.

Cheers, Mike
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Blitzkriegoperative Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
For post-WW2 American aircraft I'd say the F-4 for it's design, especially the position of the engines under the tail. It's use in Vietnam also added to it's number 1 spot.

With the A-7 in second spot.
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