By Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier
Designed within the years following the Korean warfare after which synthetic for over 30 years beginning in 1960, the A-6 speedy grew to become the main able assault airplane within the US Navy's solid. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment without delay 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 strive against operations all through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After preliminary difficulties and a excessive loss fee, the kind proved itself past all doubt because the Naval prone' top evening and foul-weather platform, fairly throughout the region's infamous monsoon season, that may floor just about all different in-theatre plane as a result of heavy rains and coffee visibility. The A-6 Intruder grew to become a real vintage of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam, with 14 of its crews being honoured with the second one optimum ornament in Naval provider, the military pass. the associated fee used to be excessive as sixty nine Intruders have been misplaced in wrestle to all reasons through the warfare. This paintings tells the entire tale of those airplane in strive against throughout the Vietnam conflict.
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On the far left of the back row is Dan Brandenstein, a future Space Shuttle astronaut (US Navy) heading home on 20 November. The ship and air wing would lose 15 aircraft in-theatre. While CVW-6’s A-7 units would be particularly hard hit, with eight being lost either operationally or due to enemy action, two of the others would be ‘Buckeyes’. On the night of 28 August Lt(jg)s Bob Duncan and Alan Ashall were in A-6B AE 521 (BuNo 151561) covering a strike near Vinh Son. Their Intruder was apparently hit by an SA-2, with both aircrew being listed as MIA and, later, KIA.
This usually allowed ‘max loads’ of 28 Mk 81 or Mk 82 bombs, or combinations of bombs with napalm and rockets. Their intent remained to support the Marines in the I Corps region of South Vietnam, with the goal being to have aircraft airborne within ten minutes of being told to launch. During times of heavy combat the alert aircraft could be moved to an airborne status, orbiting over a local landmark or marker while waiting tasking from a FAC, which made them even more responsive. The ability of the Marines to quickly support their men in the field was exactly why they insisted they retain control of their own assets.
A VAQ-134 EKA-3B looms in the background (US Navy via the Tailhook Association) NE 500 is seen in a near-perfect paint scheme prior to VA-145’s 1970-71 deployment with CVW-2. The ‘00’ numbers indicate that this is a ‘CAG bird’, but it does not show any of the colourful markings that some squadrons applied. This aircraft would be lost after an engine failed during a night cat shot on 24 February 1971. com T H E O N LY WA R W E H AV E VA-52 made three deployments to Vietnam with A-6s, each one with a variation of its knight’s helmet marking on the tail.