Loaded with bombs, an A-7A Corsair II of Attack Squadron (VA) 27 prepares to be catapulted off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Constellation (CVA 64) steaming in the waters of the Tonkin Gulf off North Vietnam. The first operational deployment of the A-7A was in combat operations over Vietnam on December 4, 1967.

Photo: Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection/National Naval Aviation Museum

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