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In 1956, the Navy issued a requirement for a low-level, long range and all weather attack aircraft, to take over the medium bomber role from the legendary A-1 Skyraider. The A-6 quickly found itself in combat and proved to be a capable platform.
It gained a reputation for being able to carry large loads deep into North Vietnam at night when no other American aircraft could.
First flown in 1970, the A-6E brought improved radar and nav/system computer systems to improve reliability. The new model was produced with almost half new builds, the rest were made from the conversion of older A-6s, as was the case with this A-6.
The A-6E received continual system improvements over its career to enable it to deliver the latest weapons in the Navy inventory. In the end however, it became a victim of the post-Cold War draw down and wing fatigue problems, and the A-6 was retired in 1997.