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February 1977

  • Grumman A-6 Intruder
  • Suicide Samurai, Japan’s Human Bombs
  • A Fortress is Forever, Boeing B-17
  • Blimp, Inside Lighter Than Air

March 1997

  • Billion Dollar Blunder, Navy’s case against the B-36
  • South Pacific Boneyards, Abandoned WWII Bases
  • Sailing Backwards to Hawaii, Epic flight of the PN-9
  • The hairiest carrier landing ever made!

Manuals & Photos

  • A-6E Intruder Flight Manual 1973
  • EA-6B Flight Manual 2000
  • Over 200 A-6 & EA-6B photos

Grumman A-6 Intruder / EA-6 Prowler

General Characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot, bombardier/navigator)
  • Length: 54 ft 9 in (16.69 m)
  • Wingspan: 53 ft 0 in (16.15 m)
  • Width: 25 ft 2 in (7.67 m) wing folded
  • Height: 16 ft 2 in (4.93 m)
  • Wing area: 528.9 sq ft (49.14 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 5.31:1
  • Empty weight: 26,660 lb (12,093 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 60,400 lb (27,397 kg) (shore-based operations)
  • Fuel capacity: 2,385 US gal (1,986 imp gal; 9,030 L) (internal fuel)
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0144
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney J52-P8B turbojets, 9,300 lbf (41 kN) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 560 kn (644 mph; 1,037 km/h) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 412 kn (474 mph; 763 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 98 kn (113 mph; 181 km/h) (flaps down)
  • Never exceed speed: 700 kn (806 mph; 1,296 km/h)
  • Combat range: 878 nmi (1,010 mi; 1,626 km) (with max payload)
  • Ferry range: 2,818 nmi (3,243 mi; 5,219 km)
  • Service ceiling: 42,400 ft (12,900 m)
  • Rate of climb: 7,620 ft/min (38.7 m/s)
  • Lift-to-drag: 15.2
  • Take-off run to 50 ft (15 m): 4,530 ft (1,380 m)
  • Landing run from 50 ft (15 m): 2,540 ft (770 m)

Armament

  • Hardpoints: 5 hardpoints with a capacity of 3,600 lb (1,600 kg) each (4 under wings, 1 under fuselage), 18,000 lb (8,200 kg) total,with provisions to carry combinations of:
  • Missiles:
    • AGM-78 Standard ARM anti-radar missile
    • AGM-62 Walleye TV-guided glide bomb
    • AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile
    • AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile/AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile
    • AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missile
    • AGM-123 Skipper air-to-ground missile
    • AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile
    • ADM-141 TALD decoy missiles
  • Bombs:
    • 30× Mk 82 500 lb (227 kg) GP bombs
    • 10× Mk 83 1,000 lb (454 kg) GP bombs
    • 3× Mk 84 2,000 lb (907 kg) GP bombs
    • Laser-guided bombs
    • Mk 20 Rockeye II cluster bombs
    • B57 nuclear bomb
    • B61 nuclear bomb
  • Other:
    • Mk 4 Mod 0 20 mm gun pod
    • GPU-5/A 30 mm gun pod
    • Up to 4 300 US gal (250 imp gal; 1,100 L) drop tanks
  • YA2F-1 – Pre-production aircraft, eight built with the first four with rotating jet exhaust pipes, redesignated YA-6A in 1962.
  • A2F-1 – First production variant with fixed tailpipe, 484 built, redesignated A-6A in 1962.
  • YA2F-1H – Prototype electronic warfare variant, one modified from A2F-1, redesignated YEA-6A in 1962.
  • A2F-1H – Electronic warfare variant of the A2F-1 redesignated EA-6A in 1962
  • YA-6A – Pre-production aircraft redesignated from YA2F-1 in 1962.
  • A-6A – First production variant redesignated from A2F-1 in 1962.
  • YEA-6A – One YA2F-1 electronic warfare variant prototype redesignated in 1962.
  • EA-6A – Electronic warfare variant redesignated from A2F-1H, had a redesigned fin and rudder and addition of an ECM radome, able to carry underwing ECM pods, three YA-6A and four A-6As converted and 21 built.
  • NA-6A – The redesignation of three YA-6As and three A-6As. The six aircraft were modified for special tests.
  • NEA-6A – One EA-6A aircraft was modified for special test purposes.
  • TA-6A – Proposed trainer variant with three-seat, not built.
  • A-6B – Day interdiction variant of the A-6A with simplified avionics, 19 conversions from A-6A and production batch of 54 aircraft were canceled.
  • EA-6B Prowler – Electronic warfare variant of the A-6A with longer fuselage for four crew.
  • YEA-6B – The designation of two EA-6B prototypes, which were modified for special test purposes.
  • A-6C – A-6A conversion for low-level attack role with electro-optical sensors, twelve converted.
  • KA-6D – A-6A conversion for flight-refuelling, 58 converted.
  • A-6E – A-6A with improved electronics.
  • VA(L) candidate – Unbuilt single-seat A-6 based design proposal for competition for A-4 Skyhawk replacement based on existing design. Contract ultimately awarded to the LTV A-7 Corsair II

A-6A
  • 147867 – Alleghany Arms & Armory Museum, Smethport, Pennsylvania.
A-6E
  • 151782 – USS Midway Museum, San Diego, California.
  • 152599 – Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
  • 152603 – Richmond Municipal Airport, Richmond, Indiana
  • 152907 – Whidbey Island NAS, Oak Harbor, Washington.
  • 152923 – Norfolk Naval Station/Chambers Field (former NAS Norfolk), Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 152935 – Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Glenville, New York.
  • 152936 – United States Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, NCC China Lake (North), Ridgecrest, California.
  • 154131 – Walker Field Colorado Park, Grand Junction, Colorado.
  • 154162 – Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California
  • 154167 – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, NASM, Washington, DC.
  • 154170 – Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California.
  • 154171 – Estrella Warbird Museum, Paso Robles, California.
  • 155595 – Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa, California.
  • 155610 – National Naval Aviation Museum, NAS Pensacola, Pensacola, Florida.
  • 155627 – NAS Fallon, Fallon, Nevada.
  • 155629 – Quonset Air Museum, Quonset State Airport (former NAS Quonset Point), North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
  • 155644 – Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California.
  • 155648 – Aviation Wing of the Marietta Museum of History, Dobbins ARB (formerly Atlanta NAS), Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 155661 – Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park, Camp Blanding, Florida.
  • 155713 – Pima Air & Space Museum (adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB), Tucson, Arizona.
  • 156997 – Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, NAS Patuxent River, Lexington Park, Maryland.
  • 157001 – Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 157024 – Defense General Supply Center, Richmond, Virginia.
  • 158532 – USS Lexington Museum, Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • 158794 – Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington.
  • 159567 – Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia.
  • 159568 – Patuxent River NAS, Lexington Park, Maryland.
  • 159901 – NAF El Centro, El Centro, California.
  • 160995 – Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California.
  • 161676 – Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
  • 162182 – Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville, Florida.
  • 162195 – San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego, California.
  • 162206 – Oregon Air and Space Museum, Eugene, Oregon.
  • 164378 – Eastern Carolina Aviation Exhibit, Havelock, North Carolina.
  • 164384 – Grumman Memorial Park, Long Island, New York.
A-6F
  • 162184 – Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, New York.
  • 162185 – Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York City.

General Characteristics

  • Crew: four (one pilot, three electronic countermeasures officers)
  • Length: 59 ft 10 in (17.7 m)
  • Wingspan: 53 ft (15.9 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 8 in (4.9 m)
  • Wing area: 528.9 ft² (49.1 m²)
  • Empty weight: 31,160 lb (15,130 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 61,500 lb (27,900 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney J52-P408Aturbojet, 10,400 lbf (46 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 566 knots (651 mph, 1,050 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 418 kt (481 mph, 774 km/h)
  • Range: 2,022 mi (tanks kept) / 2,400 mi (tanks dropped) (3,254 km / 3,861 km)
  • Service ceiling: 37,600 ft (11,500 m)
  • Rate of climb: 12,900 ft/min (65 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 116 lb/ft² (560 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.34

Armament

  • Hardpoints: 5 total: 1× centreline/under-fuselage plus 4× under-wing pylon stations with a capacity of 18,000 pounds (8,164.7 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Missiles: Up to 4× AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation missiles (2x typically carried)
    • Other: *** Up to 5× 300 US gallons (1,100 L) external drop tanks
      • Up to 5× AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) external pods
      • AN/ALE-43(V)1&4 Bulk Chaff Dispensing System pod
      • AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING targeting pod (USMC only)

Avionics

  • AN/ALQ-218 Tactical Jamming System Receiver
  • AN/USQ-113 Communications Jamming System
Japan
  • 160786 – EA-6B on static display at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Yamato, Kanagawa.
United States
  • 147865 – EA-6A on static display at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina.
  • 148618 – EA-6A on static display at Naval Air Station Key West in Big Coppitt Key, Florida.
  • 149475 – EA-6A on static display at the Wisconsin National Guard Memorial Library and Museum at Volk Field Air National Guard Base in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin.
  • 156481 – EA-6B on static display at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
  • 156478 – EA-6B on static display at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington.
  • 156984 – EA-6A on static display at the Warner Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City, Iowa.
  • 158029 or 158033 – EA-6B on static display at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Lexington Park, Maryland.
  • 158034 – EA-6B on static display at Charles B. Hall Airpark at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 158036 – EA-6B on static display at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington.
  • 158542 FrankenProwler – EA-6B on static display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Three different ADVCAP airframes were assembled to create this one airframe.
  • 158810 – EA-6B on static display at Naval Air Station Fallon in Fallon, Nevada.
  • 158811 – EA-6B on static display at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa, California.
  • 160436 – EA-6B on static display at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California.
  • 160609 – EA-6B on static display at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 161882 – EA-6B on static display at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in San Diego, California.
  • 161884 – EA-6B on static display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida.
  • 162935 – EA-6B on static display at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California.
  • 162938 – EA-6B on static display at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York.
  • 163033 – EA-6B on static display at the Hickory Aviation Museum in Hickory, North Carolina. It flew to the museum from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
  • 163886 – EA-6B on static display at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museumin Denver, Colorado.
  • 164401 – EA-6B on static display at Naval Support Activity Crane in Crane, Indiana.