Zebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 418 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5526 times:
Last weekend I saw the video,The Flight of the Intruder, and was impressed by it's'performance' on film. I understand that this a/c was used in Vietnam but is it still in use today? Also, is there a replacement for the A6 in the near future? Thanks for your replies.
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CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4555 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5430 times:
I believe that the Intruder left service between 1994 and 1996. Unfortunately, no direct replacement has ever gotten to the carrier deck. The F-14 picked up the heavy bombing mission and does a heck of a job, but has stretched the air crews to the edge. The A-12 was supposed to replace the A-6 but was cancelled. The A-6F and A-6G were also cancelled as replacements to the A-6E in the late 80s and 90s.
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