Grumman A-6E Intruder

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Grumman
Markings
VA-165 (Navy Attack Squadron 165), USS Kitty Hawk, 1984
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