A-6 Intruder

KA-6D B/N tells the story of when he survived Partial Ejection from his “Texaco” Intruder Tanker Aircraft

KA-6D B/N tells the story of when he survived Partial Ejection from his “Texaco” Intruder Tanker Aircraft

‘This was worse than I ever could have imagined – I was sitting on top of a flying A-6!,’ Keith… Read More

7 months ago

A-6 B/N tells the story of when during his very first Intruder hop his pilot did two dirty rolls when they were lined up for final to NAS Whidbey Island runway

“I remember looking up out of the canopy at the cars passing under us on Highway 20. After we landed… Read More

8 months ago

US Navy EA-6B pilot explains why Prowler crew members didn’t eject simultaneously and why Pilot and ECMO 3 were the two seats in the most danger

‘My old girl, the EA-6B Prowler, 4 aircrew, 2x2. During an ejection, we would have to get everyone out but… Read More

8 months ago

The Night of the Intruder: the story of the A-6 crew that evaded multiple SAMs and destroyed a heavily defended Rail Ferry near Downtown Hanoi

The mission was publicized for years after as the textbook example of how to use a single A-6 Intruder in… Read More

9 months ago

Naval Flight Officer explains why the EA-6B Prowler had a “nuclear trefoil nose art”

‘The “trefoil” helped Paddles confirm visually whether it was a Prowler or Intruder in the groove,’ Andy Burns, US Navy… Read More

9 months ago

USS Constellation Main Propulsion Assistant tells the story of the EA-6B Prowler pilot who turned in his wings after a scary Carrier Flight Deck Landing in Rough Seas

The young EA-6B Prowler pilot was called to the pilot house to meet his CO, the Air Wing Commander, and… Read More

10 months ago

Behind the scenes of Flight of the Intruder movie: when the iconic A-6 flew to Hollywood

During the Vietnam War 84 A-6 Intruder attack aircraft were lost, but the toughness of the planes and their pilots… Read More

1 year ago

Intruder Vs Legacy Hornet: Naval Aviator who flew both explains why the A-6 was like a ’65 Ford F-100 while the F/A-18 was like an ’84 Pontiac Fiero

‘I'm tremendously thankful to have flown both and while the Hornet got me in and out of combat, I'll always… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the last days of the A-6 Community and the “Intruder Reef”

On Dec. 19, 1996, the last deployment of the iconic Grumman A-6 ended when all the Intruders of VA-75 ‘Sunday… Read More

2 years ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot tells the story of an exhilarating Mach 1.6 test sortie flown in a clean Hornet

‘No tanks, no pylons; nothing hanging on the jet whatsoever. This is just not something we see at an active… Read More

2 years ago

US Navy Hornet pilot explains why F/A-18 drivers cut the fingertips off their gloves

Some F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilots cut the fingertips off their gloves. Why? Military pilots, like motorcyclists, “dress for the slide,… Read More

2 years ago

Here’s why the EA-6B Prowler had a “nuclear trefoil nose art”

‘It was a visual aid for the Landing Signal Officers, aka “Paddles,” pilots who are trained to observe and grade… Read More

4 years ago

The story of the US Navy A-6 Intruder that was accidentally shot down by a Japanese destroyer

On Jun. 3, 1996 a Japanese destroyer accidentally shot down a US Navy A-6E Intruder with a Phalanx CIWS during… Read More

4 years ago

Intruders over Libya: former A-6 crew members remember their participation in Operation El Dorado Canyon

“They shot at least two missiles at us. I'm screaming at the pilot to get back down and move the… Read More

4 years ago

The Incredible Story of Keith Gallagher, the KA-6D B/N Who Survived Partial Ejection from his Intruder

“I looked down and saw a sight that I will never forget: the top of the canopy, close enough to… Read More

4 years ago

Sound of Freedom over Hanoi: how two SR-71s Generated Tri-Sonic Booms to Free US POWs in North Vietnam

To ensure that the POWs directly involved in Operation Thunderhead were fully aware of the CinC's approval of the plan,… Read More

4 years ago