Grumman A-6E Intruder – VA-196 Main Battery NK500 Last Cruise 1996
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Century Wings CW001627: A-6E Intruder U.S. Navy VA-196 Main Battery NK500, Last Cruise USS Carl Vinson 1996. Limited edition of 700 pieces.
Attack Squadron 196 (VA-196) was an aviation unit of the United States Navy. It was established as Fighter Squadron 153 (VF-153) on 15th July 1948, redesignated as VF-194 on 15th February 1950, and finally redesignated VA-196 on 4th May 1955. Its nicknames were the Thundercats from 1948 to the 1950s, and The Main Battery from the 1950s thereafter. Beginning in 1979 the squadron used the nickname Milestones interchangeably with Main Battery. The squadron was disestablished on 21st March 1997, after more than 48 years of service.
The Grumman A-6 Intruder is an American, twinjet, mid-wing all-weather attack aircraft built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the United States Navy and Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed as an all-weather medium attack aircraft to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. As the A-6E was slated for retirement, its precision strike mission was taken over by the Grumman F-14 Tomcat equipped with a LANTIRN pod. From the A-6, a specialized electronic warfare derivative, the EA-6, was developed.