World: A Plane for All Seasons

She would never win a beauty contest. With her snub nose, gangly lines and high waist, she looks a little like a dejected tadpole. And her speed leaves a lot to be desired. But for the 32 officers and 300 men of the Navy's "Tiger" Squadron VA-65, the all-weather A-6 Intruder bomber is the hottest thing in Viet Nam. "The other pilots really bugged us when they first saw the A-6," says Commander Robert C. Mandeville, 39, the squadron leader. "We had to prove the plane." Last week as the Tiger Squadron headed home to the U.S. after five fierce months...

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