US Navy A-6 Intruder all weather interceptor aircraft

A Beautiful A-6 Intruder Picture

on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63

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The sunset shines beautifullly on this plane

Photo by C. Jeff Dyrek

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This aircraft is the A6 Intruder, all weather, light attack bomber setup as a tanker.  One thing that jets need is gas, and lots of it! The A6 in the tanker configuration accompanies the squadron to the battle zone where they refuel before going into combat. This is one of my favorite pictures from the cruise. It was taken at sunset and produced a beautiful glow. Look at nice the ocean is behind it. The day was so beautiful which made the view from the crows nest nothing less than fantastic.
Man 0 Man,
Do those pictures bring back great and (hard Working) memories. I worked on the Bow Cats on that cruise. The planes brought back chills on my skin remembering alot of those squadrons and their great crews and the hours we spen on the flight deck together. Thank you so much, little did I know those were really the best days of my life. 

sincerly, James (JD) Seabolt
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A Crew member from the 1st Kitty Hawk cruise.

On Tue, 17 Apr 2001 13:15:35 -0400, Robert Johnstone wrote:

 I just found you page and quite a page it is. Thank you for your efforts.  I am an original 'Plank Owner" of the Kitty Hawk, boarding her in April 1961 right out of boot camp.  My billet was Air traffic Control, working in the CIC.  We had a lot of good times on the ship, some a bit seasoned with problems with the new technology. Being aboard during a shakedown was a real eye-opener. I never thought a ship that size could do 55 knots and then do a hard turn to port. Fortunately, I had previous experience on the water and loved every minute of it.

The first 'cruise' took us down to Cuba during the 'crisis', then afterwards on the South America, crossing the Equator enroute. My initiation was a blast and the times are visited once and again, looking through the yearbook  I spent a little over a year onboard and was one
 of the best times of my life. Thanks again

Bob Johnstone

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Specifications for the A-6 Intruder.

Please note that these specs are only for one version of the A-6. Newer versions have more power and different electronics configurations.

Manufacturer Grumman
Length 54'9"
Height 16'2"
Span 53'0"
Area 529 sq. ft.
Empty Weight 26743 lbs.
Max. Weight 60400 lbs.
Engines 2
Powerplant Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A
Thrust each 9300
Range 1010 N Miles
Cruise Speed 470 Kts
Max. Speed 644

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