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Castle Air Museum rolls out newly restored ‘Intruder’


Volunteers at Castle Air Museum in Atwater rolled out their latest addition — a Grumman A-6E Intruder — last Saturday, March 25.

The aircraft underwent a 2-year restoration effort after it arrived on a truck in March of 2021. This particular plane was the next to last Intruder flown by the U.S. Navy. It was assigned to VA-196 “Main Battery” — the same unit written about in the story by Stephen Koontz titled “Flight of the Intruder.” The story was later made into a movie starring Danny Glover and William DeFoe.

The museum’s Intruder participated in Operation Southern Watch over Iraq and Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

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