Cutaway Thursday: Grumman A-6E TRAM Intruder

An airplane I’ve been learning a lot about lately.


Head on over to the Intruder Association to learn more.


Filed under Aeronautical Engineering, Airplanes, History, Naval Aviation, Navy

7 responses to “Cutaway Thursday: Grumman A-6E TRAM Intruder

  1. So Ugly and so beautiful at the same time. Sigh.

  2. VA-145: April 1979-March 1982, Ten A-6E TRAM/Six KA-6D
    VA-128 June 1982-June 1985, FRAMP Instructor, Airframes/Flight Controls/Landing Gear/Hydraulic Power Systems
    VA-128 April 1989-April 1992, Airframes Shift Supervisor/Shop LPO, Phase LPO
    Nine years in the Intruder………………………….
    It could be a bitch to fix but it was our bitch……………..for the Phantom and Tomcat guys, Anytime? With out us fighters did not go anywhere…………………
    145 passed over 2 million pounds of fuel each to VF-1 and VF-2 on the 1980-1981 Indian Ocean/Jimmy Carter Hostage Crisis Cruise on Ranger……………..Anytime Baby, my ass……………………………

    • Koz

      I was right next door to you! I went through OJT in VA-128 FRAMP in the fall of ’87, and spent 1988-1990 in VA-155 (AQ shop) – in the hangar next to you. (my shop actually got to go up in the TC-4C for a little “airborne instruction” on the operation of the B/N’s systems – good times!0

  3. What’s the first words out of a fighter pilot’s mouth after the cat shot?
    “Tanker posit?”

  4. Jim Collins

    I helped build the flaps and slats for the re-wing in the mid 1980s.

  5. Koz

    My squadron had a guy lose part of a finger during the re-wing process on our “Skypigs” (wing suspended by crane and guy used finger to line up mating holes) – Ouch!
    – I hated having a weapons system that was “out of tolerance”, even though every component in the system was “within tolerance” and trying to explain to the I-level repair guys that a bunch of “small” variations can all add up to a much larger degree of error in the whole system.
    – then there was the royal pain of dropping a tool in the aft equipment bay and trying to retrieve it after it fell into a “hell hole”!

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