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.