ATWATER, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California will house a Grumman A-6 Intruder, which is the last of the specifically designed attack bombers used in the navy.
Castle Air Museum is located at 5050 Santa Fe Drive in Atwater. The museum collection includes vintage military aircraft dating from pre-WWII to the present across the 25 acres of its grounds.
Joe Pruzzo, the air museum’s Executive Director speaks about the history of the A-6, “When in service, these aircraft would be sent into high threat areas. They bombed targets in and around Benghazi and Libya and were also used in Operation Desert Storm. “
The last pilot to have flown the aircraft, Retired United States Navy Junior Grade Greg Smith, along with his bombardier navigator at the time Lieutenant Commander Gary Poe, were one hand to receive the aircraft marking 24 years to the day the aircraft had its final flight to the Arizona desert for storage.
Smith flew the aircraft on its final flight to the Arizona desert for storage 24 years ago at “the boneyard” located on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.
“The Intruder” was in service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997.