The Grumman A-6 Intruder was designed in the late 1950's as a carrier based, all weather, day or night attach bomber with it's own internal navigation system. The prototype (designated A2f-1) first flew in April, 1960. Operational service began in February, 1963, and A-6A's served in Vietnam from July, 1965. A-6E's served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The A-6 can lift its own weight in fuel and weapons. In addition to 2300 gallon fuel tanks on any of its five hard-points. All bombs and missiles are carried externally, as the fuselage is filled with electronic gear.


The museum's Intruder was on of the last A-6E's built, and had less than 1600 hours total time when flown to the museum from the Naval Strike Warfare Center at Fallon, Nevada on Spetember 12, 1995. A maintenance crew from VA-128 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington prepared the Intruder for display.

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A-6 Intruder Specifications:

Span.........................................53 ft.

Length......................................54 ft. 9 inches

Empty Weight..........................26,750 Ibs

Take Off Weight.......................58,500 Ibs (Carrier)

                                                       60,400 Ibs (AIrfield)

Landing Weight........................36,000 Ibs (Carrier)

                                                       45,000 Ibs (Airfield)

Cruise.......................................475 mph

Max Speed...............................650 mph

Approach.................................125 mph

Range.......................................2300 miles (Clean)

                                                      1125 miles (Combat Load)

Climb.......................................8600 ft/min (Clean)

                                                     4570 ft/min (Combat Load)