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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 185563
Last updated: 3 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman A-6B Intruder
Owner/operator:VA-196, US Navy
Registration: 151560
C/n / msn: I-42
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf of Tonkin, off the USS Constellation -   Vietnam
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:USS Constellation (CVA-64) off Vietnam coast
Destination airport:
A-6B Intruder BuNo. 151560/'NK-423' of VA-196 (part of CVW-14) on board the USS Constellation (CV-64): Lost August 20 1968 during launch from the USS Constellation, and crashed into the Gulf of Tonkin near the carrier

Approximately five minutes after catapult, the pilot suffered a wing slat malfunction. After recycling, pilot attempted a Zero "G" maneuver to aid in slat retraction. At this point, aircraft rolled 90' right wing dawn at 30 nose down position. The pilot was able to recover to a 45 right wing down position but immediately rolled 90' wing down again. He ordered the B/N to eject and immediately thereafter ejected. Both crew - Lt (JG) D.C. Brandenstein (pilot) and Lt W.A. Neal (Bombardier/Navigator) - ejected successfully through the canopy and were picked up by helicopter and brought back safely aboard the carrier.


1. A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War By Rick Morgan

Three U.S. Navy Grumman A-6A Intruder (BuNo 149949, 151560, 151562) from Attack Squadron VA-75 Sunday Punchers fly in formation with a Grumman E-1B Tracer from Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-12 Det.62 Bats. Both squadrons were assigned to Attack Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62) for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from 13 June 1966 to 1 February 1967. A-6As VA-75 and VAW-125 E-1B in flight 1966

Revision history:

20-Mar-2016 00:32 Dr.John Smith Added
09-Jul-2017 07:03 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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