The Chance Vought A-7 Corsair II was a carrier based single-seat tactical fighter introduced to replace the US Navy's aging A-4 Skyhawks.  It was powered by a Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan built under license by Alison. The Chance Vought A-7 Corsair II entered service with the United States Navy in 1966 during the Vietnam conflict and was later used by the USAF and the Air National Guard to replace their old ex-navy A-1 Skyraiders. 



  The USAF operated the Vought A-7 Corsair II until replacing them with F-16 Fighting Falcons and the Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II.

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The F-4 Phantom  is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. Proving highly adaptable, it it entered service in 1967 and became a major part of the air wings of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. It was used extensively by all three of these services during the Vietnam War, serving as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, as well as being important in the ground-attack and reconnaissance roles by the close of U.S. involvement in the war.

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General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark"

The versatile "swing wing" F-111, unofficially named the "Aardvark," entered the USAF inventory in 1967. The F-111 can exceed twice the speed of sound (Mach 2) sweeping its wings rearward while in flight. The wings are swept forward for takeoffs, landings, or slow speed flight.


The F-111 was a long range, all-weather attack aircraft with an advanced bomb/ navigation system allowing it to strike targets deep within enemy territory, day or night.   Read more about this plane.


MacDill Park on the Riverwalk, 100 N. Ashley Drive


MacDill AFB is located in Tampa and on Tampa Bay; the body of water.  It's NOT the name of the city!


MacDill AFB 1976 Air Show

The F-111 was the first variable-geometry aircraft to enter service, and itís variable sweep wings can move from 16 to 72.5 degrees, allowing the aircraft to operate from short, rough airfields, yet fly at supersonic speeds. It had been intended to be used by all services, including the Navy, but it was never accepted for them. The F-111 first saw combat in Vietnam, and was the type of aircraft that made the raid on Libya, flying from bases in England. It had nuclear capability. It also saw combat in the Gulf War.

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Photos of MacDill Field operations during WW2 from Drew Field's weekly newspaper, Christmas 1942