A-6 IN ACTION
FLIGHT JACKET PATCHES
A-6 BOOKS & MOVIES
Remembering the Forgotten Mechanic
When man first started to labor
The pilot was everyone's hero,
But for each of these flying heroes
We all know the name of Lindbergh
And think of our wartime heroes
So when you see mighty jet aircraft
The Intruder was dedicated to the single mission of putting bombs on target. The pilot and bombardier/navigator guided this complex, state-of-the art weapons platform to the target and safely back to the aircraft carrier. However, behind the aircrew was a whole team of professionals who made this mission most successful.
The Team behind the A-6 and its aircrew included the factory and field representatives from Grumman Iron Works, the Navy maintenance depot, the squadron maintenance department, the "grapes" who filled the tanks with JP-5, the LOX crew for crew oxygen, the plane captains who readied the flight for launch, the ship's crew that directed, shot and caught the A-6, and a host of other support personnel.
Most critical to the A-6 Team of professionals that 'put the bombs on target' were the ordnance men responsible for the care and feeding of all the millions of pounds of weapons the A-6 delivered. The 'ordys' job was literally back-breaking as they lifted 500, 1000, and 2000 pound bombs and secured them to the wings. Day or night, rain or shine, the ordys sweated, grunted and groaned as they loaded tons and tons of bombs and missiles on the A-6 so the Team could successfully complete the real reason we were all there.