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Designed in the years following the Korean war and then manufactured for over 30 years starting in 1960, the A-6 quickly became the most capable attack aircraft in the US Navy's stable. The first squadron, VA-75, made its initial deployment directly into combat in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the next eight years, ten US Navy and four Marine Intruder squadrons would conduct combat operations throughout Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After initial problems and a high loss rate, the type proved itself beyond all...

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A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War

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Overview

Designed in the years following the Korean war and then manufactured for over 30 years starting in 1960, the A-6 quickly became the most capable attack aircraft in the US Navy's stable. The first squadron, VA-75, made its initial deployment directly into combat in south-east Asia in 1965, and, over the next eight years, ten US Navy and four Marine Intruder squadrons would conduct combat operations throughout Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After initial problems and a high loss rate, the type proved itself beyond all doubt as the Naval services' best night and foul-weather platform, particularly during the region's notorious monsoon season, which could ground almost all other in-theatre aircraft due to heavy rains and low visibility. The A-6 Intruder became a true classic of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam, with 14 of its crews being honoured with the second highest decoration in Naval service, the Navy Cross. The cost was high as 69 Intruders were lost in combat to all causes during the war. This work tells the complete story of these aircraft in combat during the Vietnam War.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849087551
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Series: Combat Aircraft Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 418,705
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Morgan is the author of two previous books on Naval Aviation history (including Intruder: The Operational History of Grumman's A-6 for Schiffer in 2005) and more than 20 historical articles on the subject of Naval Aviation. Twice named 'Contributor of the Year' by the editorial staff of The Hook - The Journal of Carrier Aviation, Rick is a retired US Navy lieutenant commander with more than 2300 hours of flight time to his name, principally in EA-6B, A-4 and A-3 type aircraft. He also has more than 450 carrier-arrested landings to his name, and flew 41 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He currently works in the aviation industry.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Underway 10

Chapter 2 The Only War We Have 30

Chapter 3 Semper Fi-Marines from the Beach 57

Chapter 4 Crescendo 72

Appendices 89

Colour Plates Commentary 91

Index 95

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    If your looking for operational history on the A-6 Intruder this

    If your looking for operational history on the A-6 Intruder this book is a must published by Osprey Books, Rick Morgan did a magnificent job in explaining both combat roles of the Navy and Marine A-6 Units during the Vietnam War, Grumman Iron Works proved again they build the best jets and planes for the USN/USMC and have gone down in history with that reputation, I found it hard to put this book down once I started to read it, any fan of the A-6 Intruder will probably run into the same situation, hope you enjoy it!

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