Prowler, EA-6B

    EA-6B Prowler

    The Grumman EA-6B Prowler was the first U.S. military aircraft specifically designed for tactical electronic warfare—jamming enemy radar and communications while escorting aircraft on strike and bombing missions

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Boeing Aviation Hangar

This was the first U.S. military aircraft specifically designed for tactical electronic warfare— jamming enemy radar and communications while escorting aircraft on strike and bombing missions. More than 30 antennae distributed around the airplane detected radio and radar signals, and it carried up to five underwing jamming transmitter pods.

Prowlers flew with Navy and Marine squadrons from 1970 to 2019, also protecting Air Force airplanes from enemy attack. When Congress lifted a ban in 1993 on women in combat aircraft, Prowlers were among the first with women pilots and crew. No Prowlers were lost in combat.

While Prowlers first flew in Vietnam, Grumman delivered this airplane to the Navy in 1986. It flew combat operations over Iraq, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Syria. It retired in 2019 from Marine Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2) as one of the last two Prowlers flying. Every Navy and Marine squadron is allowed one “show bird” with a more colorful paint job such as this.