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Cessna A-37B "Dragonfly"

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Cessna A-37B Dragonfly

The A-37 was modified from the standard T-37B primary trainer to evaluate the design as a counter-insurgency (COIN) attack/reconnaissance aircraft. One of the aircraft’s remarkable features was its ability to carry out a mission with only one engine still operating. First flown on October 22, 1963, powered by two 2,000 lb General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojets. The A-37 aircraft was considered a workhorse, due to its remarkable capacity to carry 3,000 pounds of armament including a Gatling gun, high explosive bombs, rockets, and missiles.

Twenty-five A-37s were sent to South Vietnam for a four-month computerized evaluation of their ability to perform six basic missions. After the test period, the A-37s remained in service with the 604th Air Commando Squadron at Bien Hoa air base, and early in 1968 they completed their 10,000th sortie in Vietnam.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Span: 35 ft. 10 in.
Length: 29 ft. 4 in.
Height: 8 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 11,700 lbs. max.
Armament: Max. of 3,000 lbs. including one GAU-2/A 7.62mm “Gatling” gun, plus additional gun pods, high-explosive bombs, fire bombs, rockets, grenades, and/or missiles.
Engines: Two General Electric J85-GE-5 of 2,000 lbs. each
Maximum Speed: 485 mph
Cruising Speed: 425 mph
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