Video clip shows A-7K Corsair jet’s strafing passes on Michigan Range 24 years ago

Jun 25 2014 - 7 Comments

A-7K strafe and extremely low fly by in the rain at the Grayling Air Gunnery Range.

Here’s an interesting clip from the Grayling Air Gunnery Range in Michigan on a rainy day on Jul. 14, 1990. Although it’s not the best quality (it was an old VHS video filmed by Chad Thomas from Jetwash Images, who converted and uploaded it to Youtube.com), it is a rather impressive as it shows low altitude strafing passes by an A-7K, almost 24 years ago.

The Corsair (dubbed “SLUFF”, Short Little Ugly Fat Fellow) belongs to the 121st Tactical Fighter Wing Ohio ANG (OH), 162d Tactical Fighter Squadron, Springfield Air National Guard Base, Springfield, one of the last to fly the A-7.

The unit received the A-7D in 1978, transitioned to the A-7K in 1982 and eventually moved to the F-16 in May 1993.

  • Montezuma2011

    Funny how the jets that get the tag ugly are some of the most amazing to watch.

    • Tom Jones

      A-10 Thunderbolt II?

  • 1970s era F-35

  • Dave Swagler

    A minor correction. Units didn’t transition from A-7D’s to A-7K’s. The -K was the two seat model. Most Air National Guard units that flew the Corsair II had at least one. They were used for training. The Colorado Air National Guard flew them and transitioned to the Block 30 F-16C/D’s in ’91. I was in the unit from 1985-1999.

  • MRO

    The USAF operated the A-7D as a single seat (only) aircraft. There were no two seaters. All instruction was done via a chase aircraft. The Air National Guard (ANG) did the same when they got the aircraft in their inventory. Then, in the early 1980’s, the ANG decided that having some two seat variants of the A-7D was a good idea. The ANG funded the production of a limited number of A-7D two seaters, which were named the A-7K. The “school house” in Tucson got some to use in initial training, and each A-7D equipped operational ANG unit received ONE A-7K to add to its fleet. The unit to which I belonged used our “K” mostly for public relations flights. The statement in this article that the 162nd TFS “transitioned to the A-7K” is therefore not correct. They kept flying their A-7D fleet with the addition of one A-7K two seater. For most
    A-7D units, this was mostly a non-event. Many said that it was the ANG Bureau flexing their muscles to show that they could have an aircraft built just for them. To us that flew them, it was sort of a novelty to go fly the “K” every so often..