Grumman A-6E Intruder

A picture of the 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 Multisensor) turret was installed in the Intruders to provide even better target recognition at night and in bad weather using infra-red cameras and laser target designators.  The Intruder was retired from service by the U. S. Navy and the Marine Corps in 1997.

Wingspan

53 ft

Length

54 ft 9 in.

Height

16 ft 2 in.

Weight

60,400 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

644 MPH

Service Ceiling

42,400 ft

Range

1,010 miles

Engines

Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A turbojets with 9,300 pounds of thrust

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Grumman

Markings
Navy Attack Squadron 165 (VA-165), Naval Air Station Whidby Island, Washington.  1984

Serial Number
155713

Designation
A-6E

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