Monday, January 11, 2021

USS Yorktown - The Flight Deck - Site Of The Intruder

The Grumman A-6 Intruder served as a long-range attack aircraft from 1963 through 1997 with both the Navy and the Marine Corps.

This one flew off the USS Independence.

The Intruder's payload and range have yet to be matched by serving carrier-based Navy and Marine aircraft.

84 Intruders were lost during the Vietnam war due to various causes.  One was shot down over Lebanon in 1983, and three were lost in the Gulf War.

It was also the star of the eponymous movie Flight of The Intruder.  The movie sadly showed that while fighter pilots make movies, bomber pilots make not nearly as good movies


Old NFO said...

Seldom does the movie live up to the book. This was a classic case of that. Steve is a damn good writer, and has done a number of good books!

B said...

What NFO said. THe book was a LOT better.

Aaron said...

Old NFO and B; You'll get no argument from me that the book was much better by far than the movie.