Delivered as an A-6A in April 1967, this Intruder was later converted to a KA-6D tanker. Pictured with VA-52 from the USS Carl Vinson, it would transfer to VA-95 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in 1991. On July 9, 1991 while on an aerial refueling mission, the Bombardier/Navigator went half way through the canopy after an uncommanded ejection firing. A successful emergency landing aboard the carrier and no critical injuries were suffered, but the Intruder was scrapped rather than repaired.
KA-6D Intruder tanker of VA-65 attack squadron on the crowded rear deck of the super carrier USS Independence during a 1969 courtesy visit to UK waters. Also visible in the colourful scene are an EA-6B Prowler and F-4J Phantoms of VF-102.