By Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier
Designed within the years following the Korean conflict after which synthetic for over 30 years beginning in 1960, the A-6 quick turned the main able assault plane within the US Navy's solid. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment at once into strive against in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the subsequent 8 years, ten US army and 4 Marine Intruder squadrons may behavior wrestle operations all through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After preliminary difficulties and a excessive loss price, the kind proved itself past all doubt because the Naval companies' top evening and foul-weather platform, rather through the region's infamous monsoon season.
The A-6 Intruder grew to become a real vintage of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam however the price was once excessive as sixty nine Intruders have been misplaced in wrestle to all reasons in the course of the struggle. This paintings tells the total tale of those plane in strive against throughout the Vietnam struggle.
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While US Navy radar tracking would later indicate that both Intruders had indeed flown 11 miles into Chinese airspace, Bob Flynn maintained that they were well south of the border, and that the MiGs had crossed into North Vietnam to attack them. The pair of ‘Milestone’ aircraft would be the only Intruders confirmed as lost to MiGs during the war. The loss of three A-6s on one mission, as well as the popular Profilet, hit VA-196 hard. The XO, Cdr Ed Bauer, immediately fleeted up to CO and the next senior man, Cdr Bob Blackwood, announced to the ready room that he was now the second in command, and would assume the position of Executive Officer.
Through the 1950s the US Navy rapidly expanded night attack operations in its air groups and carriers. By 1956 the Douglas AD-5N Skyraider had became the primary airframe in this area, although the mission was still largely conducted by specialised detachments from Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island’s All-Weather Attack Squadron VA(AW)-35 and VA(AW)-33 out of NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey. While the AD had some capability, the pilot still had to largely rely on visually sighting his targets, either in moonlight or under flares.
This aircraft, BuNo 151583, was the 70th production Intruder built, and it would be retired as an A-6E in 1991 (US Navy ) Operations over North Vietnam and into Laos began in earnest, and on 14 July the first Intruder was lost while flying a Barrel Roll mission over Laos. Lts Don Boecker and Don Eaton were forced to leave their aircraft, ‘Flying Ace 507’ (BuNo 151584), after a Mk 82 bomb detonated under the starboard wing right after its release. The crew was rescued by Air America helicopters following a night and the better part of a morning avoiding capture in the mountains.