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mvanover
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:32 pm 
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flyingfool wrote:
The F4U Corsair on the other hand was one of the few propeller fighters that made it and used well into the “jet age” and this nearly the epitome of propeller fighter design.


Just getting around to researching this forum. I was a Navy guy and the A-1 (AD) Douglas Skyhawk outlived the F4U Corsair. The A-1 was designed near the end of WWII and saw extensive use in Korea and Viet Nam. The last A-1Hs (AD-6s) were decommissioned by VA-25 at Lemoore Naval Air Station in April or May of 1968. They transitioned to A-7s. The Air Force operated A-1s (some as Sandy missions where one pilot earned the Medal of Honor) until the end of 1972 when they were all transferred to the Republic of South Viet Nam Air Force. 2 A1-Es operated as TWA (Teeny Weeny Airlines - liaison airplanes) out of VA-125 in Lemoore NAS. One was lost in the Sierra Mountains in 1969 (both pilots survived), but the other was still flying until I left that squadron in September of 1970. I think that was the last operational A-1 in the Navy. Other countries operated the A-1s until the mid '80s.

The Phantom was an awesome airplane! The Navy and Air Force got a great deal on them. Lot of bang for the buck. The F-8 was probably the best air to air fighter, but the F-4 could do it all.

Sorry for the thread drift!

Marty Vanover
Tucson, AZ


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