Flight of the Intruder

Their assignment, February 26, 1967: Drop mines over Vietnam, something no jet had ever done.

(Courtesy Dave Cable and Stuart Johnson)


VA-35 (the “Black Panthers”) had been flying A-6As since September 1965. “The A-6A was the newest airplane in the Navy then,” says Cable, “and the concept of the airplane was marvelous. But sometimes the execution through the computer and the radars gave us some difficulty. That’s why it was great to have a bombardier along, because we certainly wouldn’t be able to do what we did without having the human control and ability to adjust to things not working.”


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