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. The A-6 Intruder became a true classic of naval aviation over the skies of North Vietnam but 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.
•Early Intrusions: Development and initial training
•1965-68: Navy Intruders from the first deployment with VA-75 through to the end of Rolling Thunder and attacks in North Vietnam
•1968-71:Navy Intruders during the ‘slow’ bombing halt period when South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were the targets
•1972-73: Carrier-based Intruders from the ‘Easter Offensive’ of 1972 through Linebacker I and II until the end of the war
•The Marines: Marine Intruders from the beach 1965-73. This may include the Marine-only EA-6A, space depending
•Conclusion and Results
•Appendices: Aircraft Losses, Cruise and deployment List