|Year/Model:||1968 A-6E Intruder|
|Power Plant:||Two 9,300-lb Pratt & Whitney J52-P turbojets|
|Wingspan:||53 feet 0 inches|
|Length:||54 feet 7 inches|
|Height:||15 feet 4 inches|
|Gross Weight:||60,626 pounds (Empty weight: 25,563 pounds)|
|Maximum Speed:||645 mph|
|Maximum Range:||1,920 statute miles|
|Service Ceiling:||41,600 feet|
|Status:||Static Display, On loan|
|Owner:||US Naval Air Museum, Pensacola, FLA|
A two-place night hunter, the A-6 first saw combat service in the Vietnam War, where it quickly became popular for its precision bombing capabilities, and evolved into the four-place EA-6B Prowler.
The A-6E was an all-weather, two seat, subsonic, carrier-based attack aircraft. It was equipped with a microminiaturized digital computer, a solid state weapons release system, and a single, integrated track and search radar. The target recognition/attack multi-sensor (TRAM) version of the A-6E was introduced to the fleet in 1979. It was equipped with a chin turret containing a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) system and a laser designator and receiver.
The A-6E proved once again that it was the best all-weather precision bomber in the world in the joint strike on Libyan terrorist-related targets in 1986. With Air Force F-111's, (F-111Es, F-111Fs & EF-111s), A-6E Intruders penetrated the sophisticated Libyan air defense systems, which had been alerted by the high level of diplomatic tension and by rumors of impending attacks. Evading over 100 guided missiles, the strike force flew at low levels in complete darkness, and accurately delivered laser-guided and other ordnance on target. Composite wing replacement and systems/weapons improvement programs maintained full A-6E combat systems capability, with initial operational capability realized in FY 88 with VA-75 deployment onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).