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Grumman EA-6B 'Prowler'

Description
Notes: Improved EA-6A with longer fuselage, more versatile electronic surveillance system and more powerful jammers (4 CREW) .
  Manufacturer:Grumman


  Base model:A-6
  Designation:EA-6
  Version:B
  Nickname:Prowler
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
  Modified Mission:Special electronic installation
  Crew:4
  First Flew:1968/05/25
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Specifications
  Length: 59' 10" 18.2 m
  Height:16' 3" 4.9 m
  Wingspan: 53' 0" 16.1 m
  Wingarea: 529.0 sq ft 49.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 32,162 lb 14,585 kg
  Gross Weight: 48,287 lb 21,898 kg
  Max Weight: 65,000 lb 29,478 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A
  Thrust (each): 9,300 lb 4,217 kg

Performance
  Range: 1,628 miles 2,621 km
  Cruise Speed: 482 mph 776 km/h 419 kt
  Max Speed: 658 mph 1,059 km/h 572 kt
  Climb: 8,600 ft/min 2,621 m/min
  Ceiling: 41,400 ft 12,618 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN VAQ-35 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-129 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-130 Whidbey island WA
USN VAQ-131 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-132 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-133 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-134 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-135 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-136 Atsugi Japan
USN VAQ-137 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-138 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-139 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-140 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-141 Whidbey Island WA
USN VAQ-209 Washington DC
USN VAQ-309 Whidbey Island WA
USMC VMAQ-2 Cherry Point SC
USMC VMAQ-4 Whidbey Island WA
USN VX-5 China Lake CA

Known serial numbers
154930 / 154942, 156478 / 156482, 156604 / 156607, 157977 / 157979, 158029 / 158040, 158540 / 158547 , 158649 / 158651 , 158799 / 158817 , 159582 / 159587 , 159907 / 159912 , 160432 / 160437 , 160609 , 160704 / 160709 , 160786 / 160791 , 161115 / 161120 , 161242 / 161247 , 161347 / 161352 , 161774 / 161779 , 161880 / 161885 , 162223 / 162230 , 162231 / 162246 , 162934 / 162939 , 162940 / 162941 , 163030 / 163035 , 163044 / 163049 , 163395 / 163406 , 163520 / 163531 , 163884 / 163892 , 164182 / 164193 , 164401 / 164403


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 craig n edwards
 bellingham, WA
served in vaq 35 and vaq 309 reserve sqaudron from 1991 thru 1997 as an AD mech
05/05/2012 @ 15:00 [ref: 56764]
 Kathi (Rollins) Walp
 , AZ
My dad was CO of VAQ-132 and was the first to take the EA-6B into combat. I remember feeling like a movie star when the squardon came home from the war.
02/24/2009 @ 15:20 [ref: 23803]
 GEORGE LAWSON AOC(AW) RETIRIED
 Oak Harbor, WA
The mission of the EA-6B is not Attack it is Electronic Combat Warfare. I served in VF-31, VF-74 F-4 Phantoms (Fighters), VA-128, VA-95 A6-E Intruders (Attack) and VAQ-129, VAQ-141 EA-6B 9Electronic Combat Warfare aircraft).
02/15/2009 @ 12:12 [ref: 23731]
 matthew stalnaker
 Havelock, NC
A couple things you got is incorrect. One thing. The Marine Squadrons are located at Cherry Point, NC not SC. there are 4 squadrons there VMAQ-1, VMAQ-2, VMAQ-3 and VMAQ-4. If you want to know anymore info let me know. That way you are putting correct information up.
07/03/2008 @ 13:49 [ref: 21758]
 Shumate
 , MO
Love the pictures and your history with the military and the prowler. My daughter, 19-years old, has just started her USN journey.... Graduated bootcamp Jan. 04, 08, ATT school March 08, and graduated A-School last week, First in Navy (Mommy doing the pretzel dance in delight, Heh) and will be stationed in Japan troubleshooting the prowler. I'm so anxious to see what and where her duties will take her. I'm so proud of our military!! Thank you for your service! ~Navy Mom
06/28/2008 @ 04:35 [ref: 21709]
 CHARLE\'S WILSON HORTON JR.
 DALLAS, OR
I SERVED IN THE US NAVY FROM 3/12/1979-7/18/1988. I GRADUATED FROM DRUM AND BUGLE BOOT IN SD CA, WENT TO NAS MILLINGTON TN FOR AMH A SCHOOL-DID NOT MAKE IT-AND LEFT FOR NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND 10/79 AND WAS PLACED WITH VAQ-129 UNTIL VAQ-131 ARRIVED OFF THE AMERICA. I LEFT 131 10/1982 FOR RADIOMAN A SCHOOL IN SD CA. GRADUATED A SCHOOL IN 02/83 AND MET THE USS MOUNT VERNON LSD-39 IN THE PI. LEFT THE MOUNT VERNON IN 01/84 AFTER REENLISTING. WENT TO NCS SUBBASE BANGOR WA FOR 2 YEAR SHORE DUTY AND FROM THERE I WENT TO NAVSTA LONG BEACH CA ABOARD THE USS MISSOURI BB-63. I RECOMMISSIONED HER AND LEFT 7/1988. I MISS A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT THE NAVY. FOR WHAT IST IS WORTH-I CAN SAY THIS, THAT I WISHED I WAS WAY MORE MATURE THEN AS I AM NOW BECAUSE I HAD A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE AROUND ME AND SOME OF THEM DID NOT KNOW IT BUT I WOULD BE ABLE MORE SO NOW TO LET THEM KNOW IT. I MET GREAT PEOPLE AND VERY INTERESTING PEOPLE. SINCE I HAVE BEEN OUT I HAVE EMAILED 4, PHONED 2 AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR MORE FROM MY NAVY PAST. THANK YOU.
06/05/2008 @ 14:43 [ref: 21186]
 scottjmorton
 louisville, KY
I was active duty Navy 1989-99. Iwas a ABE2 onthe Midway,Ranger,Miramar,And KittyHawk.Of all the planes I launched the EA6B was my favorate. You could feel youre teeth rattle when it was about launch. Now Iam here ia Afganistan with the KyANG (POL)Iam fuel truck driver.no matter where you are at on the field you can hear theEA-6B over anything else.These AF pukes hate cause its to barbaric for them.lol
03/26/2008 @ 19:27 [ref: 20248]
 scottjmorton
 louisville, KY
I was active duty Navy 1989-99. Iwas a ABE2 onthe Midway,Ranger,Miramar,And KittyHawk.Of all the planes I launched the EA6B was my favorate. You could feel youre teeth rattle when it was about launch. Now Iam here ia Afganistan with the KyANG (POL)Iam fuel truck driver.no matter where you are at on the field you can hear theEA-6B over anything else.These AF pukes hate cause its to barbaric for them.lol
03/26/2008 @ 19:26 [ref: 20247]
 Patrick Edwards
 New Bern, NC
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT IS IN NORTH CAROLINA, NOT SOUTH CAROLINA!!!!!
02/26/2008 @ 05:04 [ref: 19782]
 AMS3 Michael R Steinert
 Excelsior Springs, MO
I was attached to VAQ-129 from 1979-1980 as a Staff Plane Captain after my A school was completed at NAS Millington.(VAQ-129 had 17 aircraft - A FRAMP training squadron) then transfered to VAQ-137 (The Rooks) that had four aircraft from Mid 1980-1982 and was sent to the Airframes shop. My duties included: Acting night shift Supervisor; Collateral duty inspector; Airframes troubleshooter; Aircraft Jacking Supervisor; PQS Petty Officer; Training Petty Officer; Catapult Checker; Safety Petty Officer; and Tool/Calibration Petty Officer. My former Supervisor's transfered out/re-enlisted when I joined the squadron, so my duties increased very quickly. I was aboard CV-61 USS Ranger during the West PAC of 1982. I never made it to Austrialia though, as my enlistment was getting short before the cruise ended. I finally got to take a CAT shot on my way home to the USA...I was sent to Diego Garcia, then to Clark Airforce base via a C-5 Transport, and caught a Flying Tigers aircraft back home. I really miss sitting on the bow of Ranger staring at the stars after the launch evolution was over, and the planes were all gone. My Commanding Officer during time with VAQ-137 was Commander T.J. Williams. I was very suprised when a Cruise book showed up at my civialian home address, along with the Battle E award our squadron earned during this cruise in 1982. It was unexpected and much appreciated, as there were excellent pictures to look through, and I still have it to this day. (I know he was responsible for sending this to me, and was very happy to have it). Lot's of great memories of the catapult launches, and places I did get to see while aboard USS Ranger. I understand that USS Ranger and squadron VAQ-137 are now both decommisioned. Gone, but not forgotten. Here's to the Rook's! AMS3 Mike Steinert
02/06/2008 @ 21:54 [ref: 19585]

 
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