Grumann A-6 Intruder
     The Navy's experience in the Korean War showed the need for a new long-range strike aircraft with a high subsonic performance at tree-top height to permit under-the-radar penetration of enemy defenses and capable of finding and hitting small targets in any weather. The result was the Grumman A-6 "Intruder."  Manned by a pilot and bombardier/navigator seated side-by-side, the A-6 was designed to be powered by two engines which gave the "Intruder" far better reliability and performance than a single engine design and was heartily endorsed by flight crews because of the added margin of safety.
     The first of the A-6 series (A-6A) were delivered to the Navy in 1963 and to the Marines in 1964. The first operational squadron to receive the A-6As was VA-75 that began its support of US forces in Vietnam flying initially from USS Independence. The Digital Integrated Attack and Navigation Equipment (DIANE) and its subsystems incorporated into the aircraft enabled the crew to attack preselected targets or targets of opportunity at night or under adverse weather conditions without the crew having to look out of the cockpit from launch to recovery. 
Subsequent to Vietnam, equally effective all-weather strikes were made by A-6s against targets in Libya during the Gulf of Sidra crisis, Iranian gun boats in the Persian Gulf, and Iraqi installations during Desert Storm operations. The last of the A-6E "Intruders" were retired in 1997 although the EA-6B "Prowler" variants are still in service.

A-6E Intruder, USN
Premier Series.  1/48th scale.  Loaded with weapons. 13" wingspan x 13.5" long 
  No. AFN4D-AL.  Only $194.95
A-6E Intruder, USMC
Premier Series.  1/48th scale.  Loaded.
13" wingspan x 13.5" long 
  No. AFN4D-BL.  Only $194.95
A-6A Intruder, USN
Standard Series.  1/48th scale.
13.25" wingspan x 13.5" long.
  No. AFN4D-ST. Only $129.95
aviation td15