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1968 Grumman A-6E Intruder

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BuNo 154171

The US Navy's basic all-weather attack-bomber for 30 years, A-6 were recently retired from service after a historically lengthy and notable career. This one is a veteran of Vietnam, Libya, and Desert Storm, operating from the deck of the nuclear carrier USS Admiral Nimitz (CVN-68), and was delivered to us (yes, by air) from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on 12 November 1996.

Other than for being stripped of armament and some of its electronics, it's ready to fly should the Navy suddenly decide to put the old A-6s back in emergency service.


A two-place night hunter, the A-6 first saw combat service in the Vietnam War, where it quickly became popular for its precision bombing capabilities, and evolved into the four-place EA-6B Prowler.

The A-6E was an all-weather, two seat, subsonic, carrier-based attack aircraft. It was equipped with a microminiaturized digital computer, a solid state weapons release system, and a single, integrated track and search radar. The target recognition/attack multi-sensor (TRAM) version of the A-6E was introduced to the fleet in 1979. It was equipped with a chin turret containing a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) system and a laser designator and receiver.

Manufactured 25 April 1968 by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Co, Bethpage NY.









The A-6E proved once again that it was the best all-weather precision bomber in the world in the joint strike on Libyan terrorist-related targets in 1986. With Air Force FB-111s, A-6E Intruders penetrated the sophisticated Libyan air defense systems, which had been alerted by the high level of diplomatic tension and by rumors of impending attacks. Evading over 100 guided missiles, the strike force flew at low levels in complete darkness, and accurately delivered laser-guided and other ordnance on target. Composite wing replacement and systems/weapons improvement programs maintained full A-6E combat systems capability, with initial operational capability realized in FY 88 with VA-75 deployment onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).

The flight of the Intruder -
BuNo 154171

1968 Apr Manufactured 04/25/68, Bethpage NY
1968 Apr VA-65
1971 Jan VA-115 "Arabs"
1971 Dec VMA-242
1974 May* Grumman, Bethpage NY
1974-1982 VA-52 "The Knightriders"
1975 Apr NARF North -?- (unreadable)
1975 Nov VA-176
1977 Jun VA-128 "Golden Intruders"
1978 Dec NASC
Nov 1982-Nov 1983 NVC China Lake
1983 Mar Grumman, Bethpage NY
1983 Mar VA-165 "Boomers"
1983 Nov VMAT-202
1985 Feb VA-196 "Main Battery"
1985 May VA-196 "Main Battery"
1985 Jul VA-115 "Arabs"
1986 Mar VA-165 "Boomers"
1985 Sep VA-165 "Boomers"
1987 May VA-128 "Golden Intruders"
1987 Jul VA-128 "Golden Intruders"
1988 Dec VA-165 "Boomers"
1989 Jan NA Depot
1990 Nov VA-165 "Boomers"
1990 Oct (no further data, but assignment aboard carrier Admiral Nimitz in this period)
NAS Whidbey Island WA
1995 Nov Estrella Warbirds Museum
* Second date column is extra log entries, unexplained; possibly TDYs or base group assignments, and factory mods.

Power plant: Two 9,300-lb Pratt & Whitney J52-P turbojets
Wingspan: 53'0"
Length: 54'7"
Height: 15'4"
Wing area: 529 sf
Empty weight: 25,563 lbs
Gross weight: 60,626 lbs
Maximum speed: 645 mph
Cruising speed: 475 mph
Landing speed: 97 mph
Ceiling: 41,600 ft
Range: 1,920 statute miles
Status: Static Display

This aircraft currently on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL

Squadron assignments:
VA-52 / VA-115 VA-128 / VA-165 / VA-196
Also Insignia not shown: VA-65 / VA-175 / VMAT-202 / VMA-242

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