EA-6B Prowler

Crew Chief: Mark Fajardin

This aircraft is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida.

EA-6B Prowler climbs out after a touch-and-go on the day it arrived at PCAM, December 7, 2013
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
EA-6B Prowler
The EA-6B Prowler climbs out after a touch-and-go on the day it arrived at PCAM, December 7, 2013. In the background, the Sonoma County hills reveal that the setting is the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

EA-6B Prowler Specifications

Country of Origin: USA
Manufacturer: Grumman
Type: Electronic Warfare / Surveillance
Build Date: January 30, 1974 (the 41st built)
BUNO: 158811
Original Variant: EXCAP
Current Variant: ICAP II
Front Crew: Pilot & Navigator / ECMO-1
Rear Crew: ECMO-2 / ECMO-3 (Electronic Countermeasures Officer)
ECM Pods: ALQ 99 Jammer Pods
Armament: AGM-88A High Speed Anti Radiation Missiles (HARM)
Wingspan: 53 feet (16.15 m)
Length: 59 feet 10 inches (18.23 m)
Height: 16 feet 3 inches (4.93 m)
Empty Weight: 32,162 pounds (14,588 kg)
Maximum Weight: 60,610 pounds (27,492 kg)
Powerplant: Two 11,200 lbst Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408 turbojet engines
Speed: 659 mph (1,060 kph)
Service Ceiling: 38,000 feet (11,582 m)
Range: 2,022 miles (3,254 km)

EA-6B Prowler History

BUNO 158811 was built on January 30, 1974 as an EXCAP or "Extended Capabilities" model. Her first squadron was VAQ-137 the "Rooks" assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14 on board USS Enterprise CVN-65. This was for a WestPac+10 cruise from September 17, 1974 to May 20, 1975. The PCAM A-6E Intruder BUNO 155595 was also on this same cruise, but was assigned to VA-196, the "Main Battery". PCAM is honored to reunite these two shipmates and display them together.

This Prowler also served overseas with VAQ-136, the "Gauntlets", at NAS Atsugi Japan during which time she was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk.

Her final assignment, just before joining the PCAM collection was with VAQ-129, the "Vikings", at NAS Whidbey Island, WA. VAQ-129 is the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler Training Squadron for both the Navy and Marines. They also train Air Force personnel. The Navy & Marines lend their Prowlers to what are called Expeditionary Units made up of Navy, Marine, & USAF crews since the Air Force has no Electronic Warfare Aircraft. VAQ-129 puts "Navy" on some of their aircraft and "Marines" on others. Ours is marked for the Marines.

Though still a potent aircraft and possessing greater range than the replacement EA-18G "Growler," the EA-6Bs are reaching the end of their useful life and must be replaced. After forty years, they are wearing out. Our aircraft has nearly reached the maximum allowable 12,500 flight hours and despite undergoing numerous modifications, maintenance cycles, and upgrades over her four decades, it's time for a respectable retirement.

#158811 joined the PCAM collection on December 7, 2013. She flew in with a full crew of four from NAS Whidbey Island, approaching the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport from the south. She made an initial pass over the runway, followed by two touch-and-gos and high-power climb-outs. She made her final landing, taxied to a spot near the historic Butler hangar, folded her wings, and shut down for the last time. This marked the end of an illustrious career for a fine aircraft. Many of the photos on this page are from that event.

The EA-6B Prowler was derived from the A-6 Intruder, an attack plane. The two look very similar, but the two canopies and seating for four, plus the bulge on the vertical fin and the many small antennae all over the aircraft give this one away as being a Prowler.

In the head-on photos above, you will see a "radiation" symbol painted on the nose. This is for the benefit of the aircraft carrier's Landing Signal Officer (LSO) and other deck crew, so they can tell at a glance that this is a Prowler and not an Intruder. From the front, the two planes look virtually identical, particularly in low visibility. However, the Prowler is a slightly larger aircraft and has different deck handling requirements, and this visual aid lets the crew know immediately which plane they have so they can prepare accordingly.

The aircrew and groundcrew for the plane's final flight to PCAM were:

  • CDR David B. Fields
  • LT Alexander W. Bock
  • LTJG Jonathan C. Hall
  • LTJG Kyle J. Saraceni
Ground Crew:
  • AMEC James A. Deckard
  • AD2 Megan E. Goodwin
  • AD3 Jennifer S. Schultz
  • AME2 Matthew R. Morgan
  • AT1 Ricardo A. Elias
  • AME3 Thomas W. Gonzales
  • AO2 Scottish T. Stewart
  • AME1 Michael W. Ricketts
  • AO3 Dalton G. Schantz

More information about the EA-6B Prowler and this particular aircraft will be added in the future.

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