Old Havelock jet getting new paint

A6 paint

Vince Miller, right, and James Teel work on painting the stabilizer of the A-6E Intruder on display at Tourist Center Drive and U.S. 70 last week. The plane is being painted in time for a reunion next month.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 04:35 PM.

A high visibility and historic Marine all weather attack jet is getting a facelift in time for a September reunion of affiliated pilots and mechanics.

The A-6E Intruder on display off Tourist Center Drive since 2005 is getting a restorative paint job just in time for a reunion of Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 533.

“It’s lost its luster,” said Jim Stuart, curator of aircraft for the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation and a Havelock commissioner. “It was pretty drab looking.”

The aircraft, on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Fla., has been on display in Havelock since June 19, 2005.

“By contract, we have agreed to maintain the aircraft in a presentable condition,” Stuart said.

Paint on the plane, Bureau Number 164378, has deteriorated such that it needed to be refurbished, Stuart said. The airframe had minor cracks and corrosion from being exposed to the weather for nearly a decade in Havelock. Prior to that, it had been on display in Newport News, Va., and sustained considerable deterioration, Stuart said. The aircraft was brought to Cherry Point where volunteers from a Naval Aviation Depot repair unit donated labor to restore it.

Vince Miller, of McGowan Painting Contractors in Greenville, said his crew would be working on the plane’s new paint job for another week.

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