Castle Air Museum will be rolling out its newest addition on Saturday — a Grumman A-6E Intruder. This aircraft 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 "Flight of the Intruder" later made into a movie starring Danny Glover and William Defoe. The museum's aircraft participated in Operation Southern Watch over Iraq and Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
An unveiling will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the air base. On hand at the event will be the last pilot to fly this aircraft, Greg Smith from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona, in 1997 for storage.
This is the last of the a-6 intruders to be saved for a museum display from the Desert Storage Area, as all others left there were sadly scrapped in 2017.
The Castle Air Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 5050 Santa Fe Dr., in Atwater. Admission is $13 for general, $7.50 for seniors and youths, and free for children under 3 years old with a paid adult.