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Grumman A-6E Intruder

The Museum's Grumman A-6E Intruder on display on the South Lawn
Manufacturer: Grumman
Model: A-6E Intruder
Year: 1970
Span: 16.1544m / 53ft
Length: 16.6878m / 55ft
Height: 4.92862m / 16ft
Wing Area: 49.1348m² / 529ft²
Empty Weight: 11650.3kg / 25,684lbs
Gross Weight: 27397.4kg / 60,400lbs
Maximum Speed: 1036.2km/h
Power Plant: Two 9,300-lb (4218-kg) static thrust Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A or -8B turbojets
Range: 4408.66km / 2,740miles
Registration: 158794
On Loan From: National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida

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Grumman A-6E Intruder

During the Korean War, the U.S. needed rugged jet aircraft suited for attack missions. The A-6 was designed as a tough and versatile all-weather attack bomber to fill this role. Major improvements in avionics and hardware have made the Intruder the workhorse of the Navy and Marine Corps for over 30 years -- from Vietnam to beyond Desert Storm.

The Museum's A-6E entered service in 1972. It has flown with nine Navy squadrons including bombing missions over Iraq during the first Gulf War. The plane is painted in the scheme of a VA-52 aircraft from the USS Kitty Hawk. That A-6 Intruder, named "Viceroy 502," was lost over Vietnam in 1972.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.