In the early 1960’s, the U.S. Navy began a program for a carrier-based attack aircraft to replace the A-4 Skyhawk. Two requirements were specified to ensure a lethal platform at the lowest possible cost: accurate weapons delivery and a design based on an existing aircraft. The Ling-Temco-Vought team’s winning proposal, based on Vought’s F-8 Crusader, became the LTV A-7 Corsair II.
On this episode, retired U.S. Navy Captain Tom “Demon” Mitchell joins us to describe the single-engine Corsair II—including the variants, armament, strengths & weaknesses, and more. You’ll be amazed at Demon’s stories, not just of the Corsair II but of the life and experiences of a career carrier aviator during the tumultuous 1960s and ’70s.
During the listener question segment, we discuss mishap involvement, faith, the importance of FCLPs, and how improperly dispensed A generic term for inflight-deployable countermeasures such as chaff, flares, and jammer decoys. Also known as "items." are handled. Don’t forget to check out the SHOP page on our website for Fighter Pilot Podcast-themed apparel and household items.
Episode art by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Jim Hendershot.