The Flying SLUF
The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II was an excellent carrier-based, light attack aircraft. But its career was overshadowed by its predecessor—the remarkable Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. The A-7 served in the U.S. fleet for 25 years, being retired in 1991 following action in the Gulf War. Skyhawk variants served in the Navy a dozen years beyond, until 2003!