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Century Wings 1:72 Wings of Heroes 001602
Grumman A-6E Intruder Diecast Model
USN VA-75 Sunday Punchers, AG514, USS Independence, Squadron Disestablishment 1997

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1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman A-6E Intruder   9.25"   8.75"

A6-E Intruder #157027 wore this commemorative 1960s era Gull Gray and White paint scheme in 1997 for the squadron's disestablishment. VA-75 Sunday Punchers had the honor of being both the first, and the last, operational A-6 squadron, flying the Intruder for a total of 34 years.

US Navy Bombing Squadron 18 (VB-18) Sunday Punchers was established on July 20th, 1943 flying the SBD Duantless and later the SB2C Helldiver. The squadron progressed through the F4U Corsair and AD-1 Skyraider and was redesignated VA-7A in 1946; VA-74 in 1948 and finally VA-75 in 1950. In September of 1963, the Sunday Punchers became the first squadron to operate the then new A-6A Intruder. The squadron continued with the Intruder, upgrading to the A-6E variant in 1973. VA-75 deployed on the USS Enterprise in 1996 and flew the last Intruder operations from an aircraft carrier. The squadron was finally disestablished at NAS Oceana on February 28th, 1997.

Grumman A-6E Intruder

Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for an all-weather carrier-based attack/strike aircraft, the A-6 Intruder was first flown on April 19th, 1960. The A-6 was equipped with a CRT that allowed for low-level flight in all weather conditions, a characteristic that helped it remain the US Navy and US Marine Corps' principle night and all-weather attack aircraft through the 1990s. With its large, blunt nose and lean tail, the A-6 was given a variety of unflattering nicknames, including "Double Ugly" and the "Drumstick." The A-6 served in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Somalia and Bosnia and was ultimately replaced by the F-14 Tomcat.

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Century Wings' 1:72 scale A-6 Intruder series includes the KA-6D tanker variant and the more prolific A-6E ground attack/bomber. The A-6E variants have a hefty load of "general purpose" iron bombs and later more sophisticated ground attack weapons. The tanker is fitted with external fuel tanks under the wings and a retracted fuel transfer probe mounted aft. The large sliding canopy opens to provide a clear view of a fully rendered cockpit interior. The finer points such as turbo fan details inside the engines' intakes and pad-printing on the bottom of the model are just some of the additional highlights of this quality model.

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Century Wings 1:72 Wings of Heroes

The Century Wings "1:72 Wings of Heroes" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Century Wings 1:72 diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Selected moveable control surfaces.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Detailed removable pilot and crew figures.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.

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