GE J85 turbojets
2 x 2,855 lbs. ea.
1- 7.62 mm
32 ft. 1 in.
38 ft. 5 in.
The A-37 Dragonfly from Cessna started life as a 34 inch longer version of their T-37 Trainer. Other modifications included more powerful engines and beefed up wings to accommodate additional fuel capacity tip tanks, and wing pylons. In time a machine gun was added to the aircraft along with upgraded avionics, a beefed up air frame, and heavy duty landing gear. The end result was a relatively low cost utility observation and light attack aircraft that was well suited to its role and well liked by its crews.
The aircraft engines produce a loud whining sound, earning it the nickname "super tweet."
The A-37 Dragonfly distinguished itself in Vietnam, particularly in the roles of ground support and helicopter escort. The aircraft could carry rockets, a wide variety of bombs, and 1,500 rounds of ammunition for its machine gun. U.S.A.F. A-37 aircraft flew some 161,000 combat missions, with a loss of 22 aircraft.
The A-37 Dragonfly was exported to a number of countries around the world and some are still flying to this date. Over 600 A-37 Dragonfly aircraft were built.
Pictured above is the spectacular A-37 Dragonfly built by Sung Kim and Henry Nguyen. The wingspan is 138 in. Fuselage length is 115 1/2 in. It is powered by a pair of Jet Cat P120 turbines. We were unable to find out the weight.
The picture immediately above is of the A-37 Dragonfly built by Walter Mansilla. Walter writes: "Greetings from Guatemala. In my country the A-37 Dragonfly is used in the air force. For that reason I built one made from fiberglass with a 58 in. wingspan and a 48 in fuselage. There is a O.S. 46 engine up front. This is to prove the concept of the design. The A-37 has retractable landing gear. It flies very well and doesn't have any bad characteristics. At this time I am finishing one with O.S. 61 engines. The new project has more details. It is painted in the colors of the Attack Squadron. In the pictures the airplane had not yet flown. The test flight was carried out four days later."