"Corsair II with teeth aboard the USS Intrepid" - Daily Photo - 05/21/13
These planes were once described to me as "rugged and simple to maintain" by a Navy vet, though I like the description of them as "a drainage pipe with wings" even better. They flew when I was born and served after I left the Marine Corps.
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Vought A-7 Corsair II
Going by aesthetics, the A-7 Corsair II bears an uncanny resemblance to a drainage pipe with wings. However, the fact that A-7s can still be found serving today with various air forces, despite the technology demonstrators first flight in 1965, is proof that under the aircraft's bulky exterior lurks serious power. Allowing large loads of Air-to-Ground (AG) munitions to be delivered at high speeds, the A-7 Corsair II proved to be one of the most valuable striking tools US Navy (USN) carriers had at their disposal, attacking targets in a variety of theatres, from Vietnam to the 1991 Gulf War. A-7s succeeded Skyhawks and Intruders as carrier strike fighters until they themselves were replaced in USN service by McDonnell Douglas F/A-18s.