Marine Corps 1st EA-6B Prowler Has Final Flight

After three decades of protecting military forces at sea and on land, the Marine Corps' first EA-6B Prowler jet is taking flight for the last time at Cherry Point Air Station in North Carolina.

The Marine Corps says Friday's flight will be the last before aircraft number 160432 retires at the end of this month.

The jet has logged 11,500 flight hours and made 8,800 landings since entering service 34 years ago.

The EA-6B is designed to protect aircraft carrier battle groups, Marine Corps and Navy surface ships at sea as well as Air Force and other military units on the ground.

It has a crew of four and uses electronic systems to jam enemy radars and communications.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    Out with the old and in with the new. Will USMC and Navy be getting F-35's or F-22's?
  • by Charles Location: Chocowinity on Jun 10, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    I was an AT in the Navy way back when. I know how you get attached to a certain bird. My son has worked on the Prowler ( as an AT) for the entirety of his 4 & 1/2 yrs in the Navy, including 3 tours in Iraq. It is a wonderful plane, has fulfilled an extremely vital role in all US ops since being deployed. FYI: a version of the F-18 Hornet will take over those duties.
  • by Lisa Location: Chocowinity on Jun 10, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    My son is an electronics technition on the Prowler in the Navy. He has served proudly in Iraq three times. This plane has been responsible for the safty of our ground troops for many years. I had the privilage of seeing it in action at a recent air show at Cherry Point, and, of course, I cried. I am so proud of my son and the rest of the military! God bless our troops, and God bless America!
  • by Sue Location: Bear Grass on Jun 10, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    This morning when my husband and I watched the news report and we saw this, it seemed like the world stopped for a moment. Our eyes were glued to the TV. Back in the early 1970's my husband was with VMAQ-2. His hands actually touched this plane, a sadness touched both of our hearts. Wish we had known about this so we could have attended the maiden voyage for this aircraft. With a small tear in our eyes we bid farewell to an era.

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