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The A-12 Avenger: The Navy’s Plan to Launch Stealth Bombers from Aircraft Carriers

During the closing stages of the Cold War, the United States Navy was developing a new long-range stealth bomber that could strike at even the most heavily defended targets from the deck of an aircraft carrier. But the ill-fated program was cancelled, leaving a gap in naval aviation capability that has not been filled to this day.

Called the McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II?a product of the Advanced Tactical Aircraft (ATA) program?the new bomber would have replaced the long-serving Grumman A-6E Intruder.

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