GOING DOWNTOWN

TOM DOCHERTY TALKED TO A-6 INTRUDER AIRCREW ABOUT THEIR TIME OVER THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL AND HANOI

Until its retirement in 1997 the Grumman A-6 Intruder was one of the most capable all-weather strike aircraft in the US Navy and Marine Corps inventories. Designed to carry nuclear or conventional weapons, it could haul more than three dozen different types of ordnance.

In the A-6A the bombardier/ navigator (B/N) relied on a system known as DIANE – Digital Integrated Attack and Navigation Equipment – to get to the target, attack and return to the carrier. Later versions were modified with the A-6B optimised for surface-toair missile (SAM) suppression and the C-model was the first equipped with electro-optical sensors.

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