INTRUDER
INTRUDER

Manufacturer

GRUMMAN

Markings:

VA-128 (Navy Attack Squadron 128) Whidby Island NAS, Washington, ca. 1990

Designation:

A-6E

Serial Number:

155713

GRUMMAN A-6E INTRUDER

Designing of the A-6 began in 1957 in response to a U.S. Navy request for an aircraft to replace the Douglas Skyraider. The prototype A2F-1 Intruder flew on April 19, 1960. In 1962, the Intruder was redesignated as the A-6 under the joint Navy/Air Force designation system. Production of the A-6E version of the intruder began in December 1970, though many earlier A-6A aircraft were converted to A-6E standards. The A-6E featured up-graded targeting sensors and computers as well as new engines. Eventually the TRAM (Target Recognition Attack Multi-sensor) turret was installed in the Intruders to provide even better target recognition at night and in bad weather using infrared cameras and laser target designators.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 53 ft
  • Length: 54 ft 9 in
  • Height: 16 ft 2 in
  • Weight: 54,393 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 644 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 42,400 ft
  • Range: 1,010 miles
  • Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A turbojets, 9,300 lbs thrust
  • Crew: 2