A-6 Intruder aircraft tribute at Cherry Point

HAVELOCK, NC (WITN) - Air Station Cherry Point leaders unveiled a special monument in the east paying tribute to the men who flew the A-6 Intruder aircraft based out of Cherry Point.

The monument not only honors those who died while flying in the aircraft, but it also memorializes anyone who worked on the plane and supported the marine and navy squadrons who utilized the A-6 Intruders.

The A-6 Intruder was considered an all weather attack aircraft that was used from 1963 to 1997.

The Intruder Association hosted the unveiling ceremony and crew members and pilots, who once flew the aircraft, came from around the country to see the new memorial.

For those who lost friends or family that flew the aircraft, having a place to see their names and remember the sacrifice they made is important.

Intruder Training Command Master Sargent David Bullock remembers the aircraft as a strong flying machine.

He said, "It's bittersweet in a way because it was a heck of an airplane I mean we could drop and carry bombs that others couldn't, and loiter more on station and Grumman Ironworks did a great job on the sky pig."

The monument is on display at the Havelock Tourism and Event Center and is now one of five A-6 Intruder monuments across the country.