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Old 07-07-2015, 05:27 PM
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An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Garudas of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

After 45 years of service, the Navy EA-6B Prowler has made its final flight.
The aircraft was retired last week with a three-day commemoration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington.

With the Prowler's retirement, the Electronic Attack Squadron at Whidbey Island will transition to the EA-18G Growler aircraft, a variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II
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Loudest jet ever!!!
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Had not heard but thanks for sharing. What a long service record.
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My brother in law flies them. Used to be stationed at Whidbey. I never miss a chance to remind him that Growler also means poop.
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EA6-A ... RVN
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USMC still flies them.
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Loudest jet ever!!!
That's for sure.
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Loudest jet ever!!!
Always sounded like those little engines were working really hard to keep those big birds flying ...

I watched a loaded A-6 hit the water once - took off with a full load of 500 pounders - and just dipped below the flight deck - guy struggled for at least a mile to keep it airborne.. Then splash ...

Interesting that they are using F18's now to fill that role ...

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The "B" model was the designation for electronic counter measures. It also had 4 seats instead of 2. Big bird that just got replaced by newer technology. That thing was expensive and complicated to keep in the air.
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kinda hard to say good-bye to this era.....
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Spent 20 years on them and lost a lot of hearing to that pig! USMC is starting the sundown process next year, but so far we aren't buying the growler. Going to be interesting when we have to ask for electronic support and how mad the Generals get when the Navy says to wait in line we got higher tasking first. Might decide they made a mistake really quick.
I still get to hear them fly over head all the time and miss it now that I'm not right up next to it 12 hours a day.
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Originally Posted by kmacker69 View Post
Spent 20 years on them and lost a lot of hearing to that pig! USMC is starting the sundown process next year, but so far we aren't buying the growler. Going to be interesting when we have to ask for electronic support and how mad the Generals get when the Navy says to wait in line we got higher tasking first. Might decide they made a mistake really quick.
I still get to hear them fly over head all the time and miss it now that I'm not right up next to it 12 hours a day.
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