Just so there’s SOME content…

We grew up around the Grumman A-6 Intruder. Our father was one of the earliest naval aviators to fly it, and his squadron was only the third to take it into combat in the Vietnam war. The first two squadrons had terrible loss rates, about 50%.  Neither of the previous squadron skippers had completed their tours, either being killed or captured. Mom was a little nervous, to say the least. But by the time Dad lead VA-35 into combat, a lot of the bugs had been worked out of the system, and they were becoming familiar with the best tactics for its use. Just as importantly, the technicians were learning how to keep its extremely complicated electronics working, if only long enough to get to the target. Instead of losing half his squadron, Dad’s deployment lost one plane, with one crewmember captured, and one missing in action. In any even, here’s the “Drumstick” in action…

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4 thoughts on “Just so there’s SOME content…”

  1. VA-145: 1979-1982, VA-128: 1982-1985 and 1989-1992.
    Yeah, two tours in the RAG at Whidbey Island, WA. I knew the place in the very opening of the video.
    Retired out of VAQ-140 in September of 1993. Turned plenty of wrenches on Intruders!!!!!

  2. Mostly the IFR probe is there because it’s quite handy for the pilot. The A-6 was generally considered quite easy to refuel. Some of the other early probe installations (like the A-3, A-4 and especially the F-100)were a pain in the ass because the pilot was not flying formation looking at the other plane, but rather the basket and the probe. That’s a perfect recipe for vertigo.

  3. And it was off set to starboard due to the crew arrangement.

    And alas, the Prowler is on it’s way out of service. VAQ-132 is set to complete their transition to the new Growler later this year. The flight line at Whidbey Island will never be the same.

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