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A-6 Intruder Jet Attack Aircraft
LCDR Fred "Rabbitman" Schrupp
Vietnam - NAVY
U.S.S. America 1972-73
Squadron VA-35

This webpage is honor of my Fred and for our 3 sons and 3 grandsons......"What Daddy did in the War"


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t is all part of History now. The following photos were taken by LCDR. Fred Schrupp on his third deployment to Vietnam aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. America with Squadron VA-35. Thanks to our son, Kenneth, these slides have been transferred into jpgs and stored on CDs. Fred made 3 Vietnam deployments, two with VA 85 in 1966 - 1968 and one with VA-35 in 1972-3. He flew 298 missions over North Vietnam.

What you see are the thumbnails. About 10 days before the America was scheduled to depart for a "Med" cruise, orders were changed - it was going on a "WestPack"cruise to Vietnam. The ship left Norfolk, Virginia on June 5, 1972 - The squadrons aboard the America saw heavy combat, including the Linebacker II missions, which led to the end of the flying war in Vietnam and the release of the POWS. The ship returned in spring of 1973. The A-6 Intuder is no longer in service, retired in 1997.  Pity, it was a really sturdy aircraft built by Grumman and with the two man crew sitting side by side, a lot of lives and aircraft were saved. It could be shot all over the place and still make it back to the ship. 



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A-6 Intruder - VA 35

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Headed for a mission

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A-6 Intruders

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View of Aircraft Carrier from cockpit



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Coming in for Landing on
Aircraft Carrier


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Landing gear down - tail hook down
coming in to land on Carrier


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Tailhook down, coming in for landing


 

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Sucessful landing on Carrier

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Cloud hopping


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Full Load


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A-6  - ready for take off

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A-6 taking off the carrier

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A-6 planes on deck wings folded

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A-6 with folded wings

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LCDR. Fred Schrupp
 

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Aircraft Carrier

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VA-35 planes

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front of A-7
 
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flying close together
 
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Headed for a mission

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Inflight Refueling

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Almost there

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Locked into the basket

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Flight deck -working on planes
 

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Flight deck loading up

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Flight deck


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Emergency Landing
 


 

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Loading bombs

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working on flight deck

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flight deck

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A-6 on the flight deck

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Night time take off from Aircraft Carrier

Great A-6 pilot - Byron "By" Hodge  gone but never forgotten

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Instrument panel - radar scopes


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Fred - Xmas 1972
 

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Xmas 1972
Infamous Ready Room Head Rests
 

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Welcome Home 1973
MaryCarol  & Sarah
 

















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1972 -1973 Deployment VA-35

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Planning the mission on map
Target on radar scope

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Planning a mission
Target on radar scope

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Ground to Air Rocket exploding
the red puff in middle of pic


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If you would like bigger jpgs of any of these photos - email me

MaryCarol


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