Northrop Grumman EA-6B “Prowler”

Our Aircraft’s History

Northrop Grumman EA-6B “Prowler” (Bureau #163047; MSN #P132) ~ This recent addition to MAPS Air Museum (January 2019) was manufactured by the Grumman Aerospace Corporation Peconic River Facility in Riverhead, New York on May 18, 1988.  Original design was the EA-6B-115-GR ICAP II Block 82 Prowler. Assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ)-141, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington.

Serving at many locations, land and sea, this Prowler served in more than 20 Electronic Attack Groups, including, but not limited to, these notable base/carrier deployment starting dates: 

  • U.S.S. Forrestal – November 1989
  • U.S.S. Independance – October 1991, April 1992 and November 1993
  • U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower – June 1998
  • Aviano Air Base, Italy – April 1999
  • Marine Corp Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan – February 2006
  • U.S.S. George Washington – July 1999 & February 2006, July 2007 & April 2008
  • U.S.S. Ronald Reagan – October 2009 & February 2011
  • Al Udied Air Base, Qatar – August 2014 & March 2018
  • Incirlik Air Base, Turkey – October 2017
  • Last assigned base: Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2), MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina – June 2017

Our Prowler served in the last flying squadron, VMAQ-2, to utilize the EA-6B.  Flying into MAPS Air Museum on January 17th, 2019 to be on display.

 

Specifications/Performance

  • Crew: 4 (pilot, 3 electronic/countermeasures officers)
  • Role: Electronic warfare/attack aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Grumman/Grumman Northrop
  • First Flight: May 25, 1968
  • Introduction: July 1971
  • Retired: March 2019 (USMC)
  • Number built: 170
  • Unit cost: US $20 million in 1973
  • Length: 59 ft 10 in
  • Wingspan: 53 ft
  • Height: 16 ft 8 in
  • Engines: 2 x Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408A turbojets, 10,400 lbf each
  • Max speed: 651 mph
  • Cruise speed: 481 mph
  • Range: 2,327 mi (tanks dropped 2,400 mi)
  • Service Ceiling: 37,600 ft

Armament & Avionics, notable:

  • 4 x AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation missiles 
  • AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System
  • AN/ALE-43(V) 1&4 Bulk Chaff Dispensing System
  • AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening targeting pod
  • AN/ALQ-218 Tactical Jamming Receiver 
  • AN/USQ-113 Communications Jamming System

Developed from: Grumman A-6 “Intruder”

Intended Successor aircraft: Boeing EA-18G “Growler”