A-6 making a Carrier Landing

Video footage of an A-6 approaching an aircraft carrier and landing. It was taken from the cockpit by the co-pilot or bombadier.
The conditions are ideal...... calm sea, daylight and a stable aircraft. This for all of us who have not had the privilege - - With the volume up, you can even hear the power changes necessary to maintain precision glide slope and prepare for bolter ( a.k.a. abort the landing) in the event the arrest wire is missed.
Feels like you are in the aircraft.
Imagine what this would be like at night in IMC (instrument meteorological conditions - a.k.a. pea soup)
If you look very carefully, shortly before the plane touches down you can see the "meatball" to the left; the orange light between the row of green lights that tells the pilot is on heading and on slope.
One thing not seen in the video tho, is the re-fueling probe on the nose, which leads me to wonder if in fact this is an A-6. Possibly a s-3B Viking.
Enjoy anyway, still a neat video.


In December 1957, the Grumman corporation was selected by the US Navy to fulfill the new long-range low-level tactical strike aircraft requirement with their A-6 Intruder. The A-6A's first flight occurred on April 19, 1960, and the first of 482 production aircraft were delivered in February 1963. The A-6A introduced the new Digital Integrated Attack Navigation Equipment (DIANE), which proved to be excellent in all weather conditions. In all, 19 A-6B's were converted from A-6A standard for SAM suppression, and 12 A-6C's were converted with FLIR and LLLTV equipment for improved night-attack capabilities. The upgraded A-6E first flew on February 27, 1970 and introduced a multi-mode navigation/attack radar system. The A-6 was later replaced by the F/A-18 Hornet.