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Now that I have returned from overseas, I am in a better position to make regular updates to the site. As such, I am soliciting images from former Intruder aircrew and maintainers. I am anxious to add to the image archive and I need your help to make it happen. Please forward your Intruder images to Bill Watkins for inclusion on the site. Please include the photographer's name, if known, so that I may give the proper credit.
Photo by Craig Petersen
"You love a lot of things if you live around them. But there isn't any woman and there isn't any horse, not any before, nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane. And men who love them are faithful to them even though they leave them for others. A man has only one virginity to lose in fighters, and if it is a lovely plane he loses it to, there is where his heart will forever be."
It took me a few months, but I finally found the quote. While there are very few people outside of the Intruder community who would ever be known to refer to the A-6 as "lovely", those within the community can think nothing less of this trusted steed. Despite its appearance, age, and limitations in the face of a modern adversary, my heart still belongs to the A-6. I only had the opportunity to fly the Intruder for 4 years, 1 at VA-42 as a replacement B/N and three with VA-75, the Sunday Punchers. Nevertheless, the old lady has won my heart. We can dispute the wisdom of our leaders in retiring the A-6 for hours, but the fact remains that the book has been closed on the finest aircraft ever to fly into harm's way.
The purpose of this page is to serve as a signpost for those of you wishing to pay your respects to a warrior, iron horse and trusted friend. There are already several Intruder pages on the web that far exceed anything I could create. Probably the finest A-6 page I have found is Winnie Winston's . Others are listed below, as are some images I have aquired over the years - both on the web and from my own collection. In all cases, I have tried to credit the original photographer (if known).
I am always looking for new images of the mighty Intruder, especially those of the Sunday Punchers (my old squadron). If you have information on the photographers, have images you'd like added, or would like to make comments about this page, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign my guestbook.
(click on any image to go to that squadron's page & more pics)
Due to the large number of images I have available, I will only display newly acquired images on this page from now on. Please click on the individual squadron links to view specific pictures.
VMCJ-1 and VMAQ-2 squadron page added to the site!
February 03, 2002
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