Lawrence Mead Jr., Aerospace Engineer Who Helped Design A-6 Bomber, Dies at 94 – NYTimes.com

Lawrence Mead Jr., the aerospace engineer who led the design team for the A-6 Intruder, the bulky twin-engine jet that served as the Navy’s primary attack bomber for more than three decades, died on Aug. 23 in New Haven. He was 94.

Lawrence Mead Jr., a senior vice president of the Grumman Aerospace Corporation (now Northrop Grumman).

His son Lawrence Mead III confirmed his death.

Mr. Mead, a senior vice president of the Grumman Aerospace Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), was named design chief for the A-6 Intruder in the late 1950s. Five years after its introduction in 1960, the A-6 was flying bombing missions off aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.

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Well done, Mr. Mead. Thank you.

4 thoughts on “Lawrence Mead Jr., Aerospace Engineer Who Helped Design A-6 Bomber, Dies at 94 – NYTimes.com”

  1. Note the short design to fleet service time. This can not be done today, and we should ask why, then fix it. Maybe we need fewer but better people in NAVAIR. Lots of money is wasted with longer design cycles. I didn’t thing the Navy had the money to waste.

    Sounds like the Congressional Liaison shop should step it up also.

  2. One of my all time favorite movies for all the A-6 exposure….Flight of the Intruder. Flying into P.I. and singing Petula Clark’s “Down Town” flying away from dropping ordinance….

  3. Love the A-6. In the E/W version, I thought the plane might rival the 1911A for length of service. Well done, sir. You can rest your slide rule next to other great heroes. Werner Von Braun and Nevil Shute Norway come to mind. Others?

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