By Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier
Designed within the years following the Korean struggle after which synthetic for over 30 years beginning in 1960, the A-6 fast turned the main able assault plane within the US Navy's sturdy. the 1st squadron, VA-75, made its preliminary deployment at once into wrestle in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the subsequent 8 years, ten US military and 4 Marine Intruder squadrons could behavior wrestle 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 providers' top evening and foul-weather platform, quite in the course of the region's infamous monsoon season.
The A-6 Intruder turned a real vintage of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam however the rate was once excessive as sixty nine Intruders have been misplaced in wrestle to all explanations throughout the battle. This paintings tells the full tale of those airplane in wrestle through the Vietnam struggle.
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In those terms it was groundbreaking. The US Air Force certainly had nothing like it. By mid-1961 the US Navy had coined the term ‘Medium Attack’ in its official documents to describe the A2F’s position in its aviation structure. This solidly placed the new type, and its personnel, between the existing jet attack types, who flew the A4D Skyhawk and FJ-4B Fury, and the formally established ‘Heavy Attack’ category, which operated the A3D Skywarrior. While the A3D-equipped ‘Heavies’ proudly carried the officially recognised VAH designation, the medium and light Atkrons (attack squadrons) shared the VA title, with the terms ‘VAM’ and ‘VAL’ becoming informal ways to differentiate their roles – the US Navy did eventually formalise the ‘Light Attack’ designation as VAL for a single OV-10 Bronco unit that would serve in Vietnam.
Before you can deploy you need a functioning training organisation, and Oceana’s VA-42 got that job, receiving its first Intruders in February 1963 and graduating VA-75, VA-85, VA-65 and VMA(AW)-242, in that order, in rapid fashion. The ‘Green Pawns’ remained as the east coast A-6 RAG until its disestablishment in September 1994. This photograph shows four very early VA-42 Intruders in flight, circa 1964, all still equipped with the initial wingtip-mounted pitot tube that would soon be moved to the tail.
The remaining ‘Milestones’ observed two good parachutes from their CO’s aircraft and then egressed the target area, but the heavy weather separated the division as they drove for the coast. At recovery time only one Intruder from the flight trapped aboard Constellation. The other two were missing. It did not take long before their fate was known as the Chinese government radio soon reported that their forces had shot down two US Navy aircraft well inside their country using J-6 fighters (license-built MiG-19s).
A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War by Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier