Grumman KA-6D 'Intruder'

Notes: A-6A modified for aerial refueling (2 CREW) .

  Base model:A-6
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
  Modified Mission:Tanker
  Crew:Pilot & Bombardier-Navigator
  See Also:

  Length: 54' 9" 16.6 m
  Height:16' 2" 4.9 m
  Wingspan: 53' 0" 16.1 m
  Wingarea: 529.0 sq ft 49.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 25,563 lb 11,593 kg
  Gross Weight: 54,586 lb 24,755 kg
  Max Weight: 60,400 lb 27,392 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A
  Thrust (each): 9,300 lb 4,217 kg

  Cruise Speed: 473 mph 761 km/h 411 kt
  Max Speed: 646 mph 1,040 km/h 562 kt
  Climb: 7,164 ft/min 2,183 m/min
  Ceiling: 44,200 ft 13,472 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN VA-34 Oceana VA
USN VA-35 Oceana VA
USN VA-52 Whidbey Island WA
USN VA-65 Oceana VA
USN VA-75 Oceana VA
USN VA-85 Oceana VA
USN VA-95 Whidbey Island WA
USN VA-128 Whidbey Island WA
USN VA-145 Whidbey Island WA
USN VA-165 Whidbey Island WA
USN VA-176 Oceana VA
USN VA-196 Whidbey Island WA
USN VA-205 Atlanta GA
USN VA-304 Alameda CA

Known serial numbers
158053 / 158072

Examples of this type may be found at
Aviation Heritage ParkNAS OceanaVirginia
NAS Whidbey IslandWhidbey IslandWashington
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Western Aerospace MuseumOaklandCalifornia

KA-6D on display

Aviation Heritage Park

NAS Whidbey Island

Western Aerospace Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Mike Bingham
 , MD
It should be noted that the listing of past/present operators is incorrect. It does not list VA-115 which was part of the CAG-5/USS Midway (CV-41)forward deployed Battle Group out of Japan. If I remember correctly VA-115 once had 8 KA-6D's attached as they had no other squadrons they could swap aircraft with for deployments and one was always in SDLM.

02/28/2012 @ 07:03 [ref: 53467]
 R.D. Hill
 Frisco, TX
Parker if you see this write me @ sandyred53@panaband.com looking to make a contact.Are you the one that had the mustang?
09/04/2009 @ 15:11 [ref: 24363]
 Michael Parker
 Stacy, MN
I was with VA-165 from 1973-1976 and a plane captain for KA6D 149952. My bird flew the most tanker missions during the '74 West Pac cruise. Although the stbd wing leaked fuel when they unfolded it made the entire cruise with very little down time...what a great aircraft.
03/17/2009 @ 10:20 [ref: 23969]
 Adam Hodge
 Marietta, GA
Hey Guys,

I'm a big Intruder fan (Didn't get to see it fly much as was only seven when VA-75, The Last Intruder Sqn, Flew into the history books) and I'm trying to start up a collection of original VA and VMA Patches (Squadron,Shoulder,Decomm, Anything) and was wondering if anyone had anything they could offer? I have very,very little as far as Intruder Squadron Patches go and anything anyone could help me with, I'd appreciate it tons (Will even shoot a little $$ over if need be). I'm trying to do it as a keepsake along with Sluff squadrons.

If anyone can assist me, Please email me at HODGETCA@aol.com

Thanks So Much in Advance and Fly Navy Always!

02/03/2008 @ 03:09 [ref: 19533]
 Don Pike
 Lemoore, CA
Served with VA-128/VA-52 in Whidbey and VA-85 in Oceana. VA-85 Deployed with the KA-6D onboard the Forrestal in Jan of 71. They were callsigned "Texaco". After the A-6 Tours came several cruises with the EA-6B Prowlers from 76-81. Left Whidbey in January of 81 to Lemoore and spent the rest of my career with the A7E and F/A18. Always had a soft spot in my heart for the A6 Family and the Guys who made them fly. Great Bird (Ugly) but Great.
04/23/2007 @ 09:34 [ref: 16280]
 Dave De Jiacomo
 Thornton, CO
I was a flight deck troubleshooter on board Uss Kitty Hawk With VA-52 1974-1978
08/24/2006 @ 13:21 [ref: 13980]
 Jim Erskine
 Grayslake, IL
I was in VA-165 from 1979-82 and did two West-Pacs aboard the USS Constellation (CV-64). Boomers were a great squadron with a great bomber the A-6E. I will always remember Ens. Bates, Ltc. Shaw, Lt. Carpenter and Lt. Edwards. May their memory and dedication to God and country never be forgotten.
02/02/2006 @ 19:23 [ref: 12396]
 constanta, NM
va salut din romania, tara tuturor posibilitatilor in special cele regresive. daca va scriu o fac in primul rand ca ma leaga ceva de aceasta companie, mai precis numele pe care il port, apoi sper sa am o oportunitate in a-mi alege destinul. meseria mea de baza este tehnician in instalari sisteme de securitate. sunt sigur ca peste tot si oriunde as putea gasii un loc de munca. cea mai mare problema ar fi drumul spre acest loc de munca . daca trimit acest mail inseamna ca sper din tot sufletul ca voi gasii cea mai mare intelegere din lume. daca din intamplare aveti vocatia de a schimba destinul oamenilor va rog din suflet trimite-ti un mail , in cazul in care am vreo sansa de a ajunge sa lucrez in compania dvs.

drenga daniel
06/26/2005 @ 13:47 [ref: 10596]
 Skip Williams
 Daytona Beach, FL
I was an electrical installer for Grumman from 88-91. Mostly in aft bay running the 4 main wiring harnesses. What a great job and what a great plane. Not pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but what a workhorse! We modded about 50 A-6e's into KA-6d's. They were barged in and flown out to Whedbey Isl. (Don't know if I spelled that right).
Then distributed to fleet.

Came back as a job-shopper in '95 and had pleasure to work on F-14's also some center wing work on E-2c.
03/31/2005 @ 20:38 [ref: 9848]
 David Raymond Velasquez
 San Diego, CA
I was in VA-165 Boomer Maintenance Control 1982-1986, These A-6's Keep Aviation Maintenance Adminstrationman in work.
Thanks A-6E's and KA-6D's Remember let's keep FMC.

At Miramar M.C.A.S. I pass an old A-6 they have on static display, always brings me back to my first command!

David Raymond Velasquez AZC (AW) USNR Ret.

03/29/2005 @ 17:15 [ref: 9826]


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