Monday, July 08, 2013

Airplane Park

Technically, it is Robert Stille Park.  Or at least Edwardsville Township Park.  But everybody knows it as Airplane Park.  'Cause, it has an airplane!  (duh)... 
Plaque on the base:
For those who served their country in operation Desert Storm and to all past and future campaigns of our nation’s military personnel
Dedicated June 30, 1991
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And more info from the base:LTV A-7A CORSAIR II On May 17, 1963 the U.S. Navy initiated a design competition for a light attack aircraft (VAL) which could replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Ling-Temco-Vought was named winner of the competition on February 11, 1964. A key factor in this company’s successful bid was the use of the F-8 Crusader design with many significant differences, the most telling being the shortened fuselage, less sweptback wings and no provision for varying the wing incidence. Over the production life of the aircraft, it has been internally modified and assigned dash numbers to reflect these changes. The A-7 was used extensively in the Viet Nam Conflict and, toward the end of the war, provided the bulk of the Navy’s light attack effort flown from carriers. The A-7 completed its service with the Navy on Operation “Desert Storm”. This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida

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