The Cessna A-37 Dragonfly was born out of

a need for close-support aircraft to assist in the Vietnam War. As such, the T-37 jet

trainer was converted for the role and became the A-37 series of aircraft. The

system would go on to see usage in that conflict and make its way into the

inventories of other nations around the globe but in particular, throughout South


The A-37 differed from its training counterpart in that the Dragonfly was

could field a variety of munitions on eight underwing hardpoints. Additionally, the

crew of pilot and trainer was scaled down to a single pilot and increasingly powerful

General Electric engines were used. The A-37A was the first of the Dragonfly series

fielded and were bascially converted T-33 trainers with wintip fuel tanks and better

engines. The A-37B model version featured larger fuel tanks, an inflight refuling probe

for extended loitering time and a reinforced internal structure to combat the rigors of

low-level combat. A Forward Air Control variant existed as the OA-37B.


Standard armament for the Dragonfly consisted of a six-barrel minigun. The

underwing hardpoints could mount a variety of air-dropped munitions in the form of

bombs. Additionally, the Dragonfly could engage ground targets with forward-firing

high-explosive rockets and / or gunpods.