Watch This EA-6B Prowler Pilot's View Of A Catapult Launch

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The EA-6B Prowler, the last of the true Grumman Navy iron, is currently on its last cruise in the Persian Gulf. She has been almost entirely replaced by the way more modern E/A-18G Growler, although the USMC will continue to fly a couple dozen of these "flying frying pans" until the end of the decade.


You've gotta love the cockpit in the EA-6B. It reminds me a ton of the KC-135R Stratotanker when it comes to the manage of steam gauges and after-the-fact glass flight information displays sprinkled about.

Damn I will miss these aircraft when they're gone.


Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer that maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address

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I'm a Whidbey Island kid. Dad's last duty station was NH Oak Harbor. A-6s and EA-6Bs will always have a special place in my heart. I returned home to WA three years ago, and any time I head back to the island the sound of Prowlers always makes me happy. (Growlers just aren't the same.) I'll pour out a cold one when the last Prowler lands.

That being said though, anyone that's ever lived in the shadow of Prowlers will appreciate this one: