Aircraft Funding Requests
A-6E Recovery and Restoration Project
Ft. Worth Aviation Museum
A-6E Bureau Number 155629
During Vietnam there was a program called “Save-a-Plane”. It prevented an airplane from flying through an area where artillery was being used, thus, preventing an aircraft and crew from becoming a friendly fire casualty. Here is an opportunity to do the same, “Save-a-Plane”.
There is an A6E at Quonset Point, RI that is in danger of becoming a friendly casualty due to the closure of the Quonset Point Museum. The Quonset Point museum was closed to the public in 2015. The museum is bound to liquidate all their assets.
The Ft. Worth Aviation Museum has an opportunity to save this historic airplane and bring it to Ft. Worth and make it a part of a collection of mostly Vietnam era military aircraft. This A-6E would be placed among other aircraft, such as, F-4, TA-4, A-4C, RF-8, F-111, F-105, A-7A, OV-10, T-38, CH-53, T-37 and more. http://fortworthaviationmuseum.com
This A6E is in very good condition. The Bureau Number is 155629. This Intruder was originally delivered to the Navy in 1968 as an A-6A. It was later converted to an A-6C and once again to an A-6E. It has a full avionics package with a full cockpit.
If this airplane is not rescued, it will be struck and will be scrapped. There is no other museum interested in claiming the aircraft and the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola cannot keep the airplane. Time is critical. The airplane must be moved by October. Action needs to be taken now.
Moving an A6E is a major operation and requires private funding. The Ft. Worth Aviation Museum is a 501 (c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. The cost of moving the A6E and the cost of making it ready for display is $60,000.
To make your donation or pledge or to get additional information, contact: http://fortworthaviationmuseum.com/store/
For 37 years A-6 Intruders roamed the skies of the earth as the Navy and Marine Corps' premier all-weather strike aircraft. They fought in Vietnam, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait and Iraq. This A-6E Intruder is history distilled into one tangible object. Preserving it for future generations is a worthy goal.
FWAM Executive Director (Fort Worth Aviation Museum)