Grumman EA-6B Prowler
1968
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Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Four-seat carrierborne Command and Control Warfare aircraft development of A-6 Intruder.

Development contract issued autumn 1966; externally similar to basic A-6 except longer nose enclosing four-seat cockpit and large pod on fin; first flight 25 May 1968; delivery of first 12 production aircraft started January 1971; last of 170 delivered 29 July 1991.

EA-6B Prowler


Specification 
 CREW4
 ENGINE2 x P+W J-52-P-8, 41.4kN
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight26535-28655 kg58500 - 63174 lb
    Empty weight15686 kg34582 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan16.2 m53 ft 2 in
    Length16.3 m54 ft 6 in
    Height5.0 m16 ft 5 in
    Wing area49.1 m2528.51 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed965 km/h600 mph
    Cruise speed850 km/h528 mph
    Ceiling11600 m38050 ft
    Range w/max.fuel4000 km2486 miles

Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Comments
Deleuze Jacques, 27.08.2017

Hello,

I would like to find some pictures of the EA-6B of the VAQ-131/132 and 134 during the Vietnam War era. I will make the model on the scale 1/48. In advance I thank you. Regards. Jacques

Brandon Caspers, 10.02.2017

What about the squadron in Japan VAQ-136

Bing, 27.08.2015

The EA-6B was never a "Command and Control Warfare aircraft" as stated in the introduction. It was designed as an accompaniment jammer to support attack aircraft. When I was flying them (August 1974 - August 1977) there were two versions, standard and ex-cap (extended capability). (Thinking back, they may have called the newer ones I-cap, for improved capability.)

The point being that it never served in the role of command & control, and in fact, never had the capability to track other aircraft. We could sure jam missile radars though.

Gerald Wiech, 23.02.2015

I was assigned to VAQ 131 in 1972, just before our cruise on the Big E. Worked it the electronics shop O level. Enjoyed working on them and learned a lot. Hard to believe they will soon all be gone.

Dan Olivas, 13.06.2012

Iam currently enrolled in A/P course in Long Island NY working on the J-52 motor, we can not find the proper R/R of the fuel pump procedure, could you please advise

steve smith, 13.10.2011

ED,
You may be correct. I should have said VAQ-131 was the first to take the Prowler to combat in Vietnam. I guess I was not aware of combat on the med cruise you were on with my good friend, and your squadron mate PO Dennis Judy.

Steve Smith, 13.10.2011

By 1974, the Prowler's engines were upgraded with the PW J-52-P408 which had variable inlet guide vanes and provided improved performance overall. VAQ-131 recieved some of the first upgraded powerplants.

Ed Hickey, 20.03.2011

I have to dispute Steve Smith's claim that VAQ-131 was the first squadron to take the EA-6B into combat. I am a plankowner in VAQ-132 and we made the first combat cruise on the USS America (CVA-66) from August 1972 to April 1973 and I have the cruise book to prove it.

Craig "Mac" McGlinn, 28.02.2011

I was also an EA-6A avionics tech- worked in the Active ECM shop (Raytheon ALQ-76 jammers). I was with J-2 in Cherry Point from 4/70-3/71; J-1 from 4/71-4/72 in Iwakuni and Danang (in July '71, all of us Avionics guys were technically in H&MS-15, but we only worked on the EA-6A, so we still considered ourselves part of J-1- we still worked out of J-1's hangar); J-3 from 5/72-6/72 at El Toro; went back Westpac w/J-1 & J-2, Cubi Pt. Det. (@ Cubi Pt., RPI & Danang); then back to J-3 from 1/73-6/73, went I separated some active duty. I agree with Fred Creekmore, below- don't forget the EA-6A!!

Ben Beekman, 11.02.2011

The Navy seems to have plans to eventually replace the EA-6B with a version of the F-18. However, it's hard to see how, aside from the pilot, a single F-18 TJ systems operater will be able to perform the same duties in the same amount of time as can the three-man crew working in the EA-6B. The "Prowler" is just not replaceable, in my opinion. As the old saying goes: "It can be imitated but never duplicated". Amen to that.

Bob Lawler, 08.12.2010

The original dozen EA-6A's were modifications of A-6A airframes. They were pretty much hand wired for to carry the ALQ-76 system. The next 15 were production aircraft and were much more standardized. All this was in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The Marines transitioned to the EA-6B in 1977, although one reserve squadron flew the EA-6A until after the Gulf War, transitioning to EA-6B's in 1992.

Steve Smith, 19.11.2010

I was assigned to VAQ-131 in 1971. We were the 2nd operational Prowler squadron (VAQ-132 was the first) 131 was the first to take the EA-6B in combat where VAQ-131 Lancers / CVW-14 / USS Enterprise received the NUC for Operation Linebacker II. I was a ADJ2, cat checker/launch troubleshooter. I have a half dozen cats and traps in the Prowler going to and from Cubi Pt. NAS. Flown in every seat except the left front but did spend a lot of time there doing run up and system checks. Great strong aircraft.

Steve Smith, 19.11.2010

I was assigned to VAQ-131 in 1971. We were the 2nd operational Prowler squadron (VAQ-132 was the first) 131 was the first to take the EA-6B in combat where VAQ-131 Lancers / CVW-14 / USS Enterprise received the NUC for Operation Linebacker II. I was a ADJ2, cat checker/launch troubleshooter. I have a half dozen cats and traps in the Prowler going to and from Cubi Pt. NAS. Flown in every seat except the left front but did spend a lot of time there doing run up and system checks. Great strong aircraft.

Roger Busch, 18.08.2010

In Aug of 1968 Pete Tummillo and I flew the first system flight of this great airplane which is still flying critical missions overseas. The Marines had two lots of EA-6A's. About 20 were purchased in the 60's and a 2nd lot of 21 was approved in the 70's. I think the 70's.

Roger Busch, 18.08.2010

In Aug of 1968 Pete Tummillo and I flew the first system flight of this great airplane which i still flying critical missions overseas. The Marines had two lots of EA-6A's. About 20 were purchased in the 60's and a 2nd lot of 21 was approved in the 70's. I think the 70's.

Jeremy, 15.10.2009

I would LOVE to get a flight contract and go to Pensacola for the Marine Corps just so I can fly one of these!

Frode Bergflødt, 01.02.2009

Do you remember the early morning some years ago, when American F-111's bombed Gadaffi's Libya? Prior the bomb-drop a couple of EA-6A jammed the entire south-western part of the Mediteranian Sea with their fantastic equipment. The jamming was so strong that we were not able to listen to ordinary radioes in southern Spain! I can imagine that it is necessary to have the canopy glass coated with a thin gold layer to protect the crew from the radio emissions of the electronic warfare equipment.

W. Lehmann, 26.07.2008

What about the EA6A ?? I believe 12 were built for the Marines.

fred creekmore, 02.04.2008

Where is the EA6A? I was an avionics tech on this aircraft while in the Marines VMCJ-2 at Cherry Point NC, and VMCJ-1 in Iwakuni Japan. Lets not foreget this aircraft!!

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