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Grumman EA-6A 'Intruder'

Description
Notes: A-6A configured for tactical ecm mission (2 CREW) .
  Manufacturer:Grumman
  Base model:A-6
  Designation:EA-6
  Version:A
  Nickname:Intruder
  Equivalent to: A2F-1H
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
  Modified Mission:Special electronic installation
  Crew:2
  First Flew:1963/04/26
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Specifications
  Length: 55' 6'" 16.9 m
  Height:15' 6" 4.7 m
  Wingspan: 53' 0" 16.1 m
  Wingarea: 529.0 sq ft 49.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 27,769 lb 12,593 kg
  Gross Weight: 41,715 lb 18,918 kg
  Max Weight: 54,571 lb 24,748 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J52-P-6
  Thrust (each): 8,500 lb 3,854 kg

Performance
  Range: 2,021 miles 3,254 km
  Cruise Speed: 472 mph 760 km/h 410 kt
  Max Speed: 631 mph 1,016 km/h 549 kt
  Climb: 6,550 ft/min 1,996 m/min
  Ceiling: 37,800 ft 11,521 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN VAQ-33 Key West FL

Known serial numbers
151828 / 151839, 156979 / 156993

Examples of this type may be found at
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NAS Key WestKey WestFlorida

EA-6A on display

NAS Key West
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Leon Suchorski
 Canton, MI
Tony Rojas is a little confused in his old age, as I was in VMCJ-2 from June 1966, until August 1968. And then went to Danang in 1969 with VMCJ-1. I was factory trained by the tech-reps while we were at Cherry Point. The ALQ-86 was never on the RF-4Bs, as they were photo recon aircraft. The ALQ-86 was only on the EA-6As. I found it funny that in all of the pictures of the EA-6A that MCARA uses, it is CY-24. You see this bird had always been a problem bird, and some called it a jinx. Then it was Trans-Pac'd to Nam, where they rechristened it RM-00. But it didn't take long before it was barged out of there because of problems. Remember that, Tony?
09/08/2013 @ 10:09 [ref: 68054]
 Ken Martin
 Houston, TX
Photo Trivia
In the photos below, A/C BuNo 156988 is shown two times almost 30 years apart.
First photo is by Craig McGlinn. A/C is RM-8 with VMCJ-1 in Danang.
Second photo is by TP McMannus. A/C is labled as BuNo 156988 with VAQ-33 in 1995.
09/27/2012 @ 10:58 [ref: 67257]
 Ken Martin
 Houston, TX
Gregory, sorry to see that you disliked VNCJ-1 so much. When we left Danang in July 1970 we had a very effective and motovated squadron. As to your question, Capt Christensen was in BUNO 156979 (RM-1 when I left in Dec 70)when it went down. You were in RM-3, 156983 as wingman. RM-3 was the hanger queen while I was there. The first flight I saw it take was when we flew it out of Danang goint to Iwakuni. It had a cracked wing so it must have been through NARF by then.
VMCJ-1, while in RVN, was a very professional and effective squadron. It arrived in country in 1965 with RF-8 and EA-6B a/c and transitioned to RF-4B and EA-6A's. We left in July 70 without an in flight accident. Pretty good record for 5 yrs flying 4 different aircraft.
I knew Chuck in RVN as a LT
09/26/2012 @ 12:53 [ref: 67254]
 GARRY ARNDT
 Dayton, OH
To Steve Vaughn Is the C-130 a "Marine" bird ?
9816 is the tail # on Marine C-130 at end of
movie " Heartbreak Ridge " ( Clint Eastwood )
07/17/2012 @ 19:21 [ref: 63463]
 Tony Rojas
 Cross, SC
Worked in ECM shop at VMCJ-2 in 1966 till 1968 then went to DaNang till June of 1969. The electronics on these aircraft was so advanced that I was able to use what I learned from them for a lifetime. I worked with the old pods ALQ-31 on
Willys and ALQ-76 and ALE-43 and other active ECM systems on the EA6-A's and the ALQ-86 on RF4-B. I have been back to Cherry Pt. and saw the birds I worked on are now museum pieces. I take great pride in having worked on these birds and only the Marine Corps could have made them a success.

11/17/2011 @ 04:32 [ref: 50260]
 GREGORY D LINEHAN
 GENESEE, ID
I was ECMO with Capt Stout in RM 03 the morning we lost Leet and Christensen in the Gulf. We were their wingman. Anybody know the tail no. of the bird they were in? I can't remember that part of that sad day. The lack of training of the air crews was criminal. Squadron kind of run by pilots who could give a shit if the right side worked so long as they got their hookers. Above comments do not apply Stout, Carlton or other junior officers.
OK let's go against the NVA never having seen a Fan Song on an ALQ 86. Never having had ECMO's jamming performance instructed or evaluated. We were combat "qualified" in J2 with iron birds. No working systems. One hop every week or two really builds airmanship. Absolutely no J1 attack fleet support exercises. What a bunch of amatuers. Bishop, if your out there keep on kissin' ass.
03/26/2011 @ 19:06 [ref: 37111]
 Dave Garvey
 Batavia, IL
Don't think the actual designation for the EA-6A was Prowler, that was the EA-6B. Only saw a few while on active duty.
02/03/2011 @ 06:37 [ref: 35923]
 jack medley
 , AL
was at vmcj-2 from1974 to 1977..name changed to vmaq-2 i was a plane captain on the a-6 and the f-4 lot of good people and a lot of wild detachments...
09/23/2010 @ 11:32 [ref: 30340]
 jack medley
 , AL
was at vmcj-2 from1974 to 1977..name changed to vmaq-2 i was a plane captain on the a-6 and the f-4 lot of good people and a lot of wild detachments...
09/23/2010 @ 11:31 [ref: 30339]
 dave beal
 , NY
i worked on the alq-76 and 86 systems from apr 71 to mar 73 at cherry point and cubi pt in the pi. i have so many stories of the times and the men it would take a book... i just know it was a greaat bird and we did a bangup job with them
05/26/2010 @ 21:39 [ref: 26510]

 

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