A very interesting find at the Minnesota ANG Museum at MSP in Spring 1998. Originally constructed as an A-7B she was converted to the twin-seat TA-7C standard. Her markings suggested that she had 'guarded' the local Naval Air Reserve Center. She is now recorded as on display at the American Wings Air Museum, Anoka County-Blaine AP, MN.

From Airliner.net's description, written by photographer Michael Baldock
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@ 2006-09-19 16:14:26
Odd. The Blue Angels never flew the A-7.

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@ 2006-09-19 16:21:04
My father used to build them for Vought. There was a time the A-7 were in line to replace the A-4 Skyhawk; however, the FA-18 won out. What we are seeing here could be the demonstrator used to woo the Navy, or the work of a Blue Angel fan who feels the paint scheme works with virtually any aircraft.
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@ 2006-09-19 19:24:07
Looks like that guy's trying to corner the market on 'slightly used' Mowhawks.
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@ 2006-09-19 21:26:48
Looks like I got the chronology wrong. The Navy was considering adopting the A-7 Corsair to replace the F-4 Phantom for its aerobatic team The Blue Angels;however, opted for the A-4 Skyhawk instead because the A-7 variant at the time lacked a powerful enough engine to meet the aerobatic requirements.