Museum of Flight to Acquire a Grumman Prowler

An EA-6B Prowler from VAQ-134 Garudas landing aboard the USS George H.W. Bush during the squadron's final operational Prowler tour last year. A Prowler from VAQ-134 will be joining the Museum of Flight's collection on May 27th. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
An EA-6B Prowler from VAQ-134 Garudas landing aboard the USS George H.W. Bush during the squadron's final operational Prowler tour last year. A Prowler from VAQ-134 will be joining the Museum of Flight's collection on May 27th. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)
 EA-6B Prowler Bu.161884 from VAQ-134 Garudas landing aboard the USS George H.W. Bush during the squadron’s final operational Prowler tour last year. This Prowler will be joining the Museum of Flight’s collection on May 27th. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington is set to receive a significant exhibit for its collection, a Grumman EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft.

Press Release:

The last active duty flight of this Navy electronic warfare Grumman EA-6B Prowler jet (seen above) will be to The Museum of Flight on May 27th, where it will be officially decommissioned and taken into the Museum’s permanent collection. Immediately after the plane’s 12:15 p.m. arrival, there will be a brief ceremony with Museum officials and Cmdr. Christopher C. Jason, the commanding officer of the plane’s squadron, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134, located at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

“The Prowler will be the first electronic warfare aircraft in the Museum’s collection,” said Curator Dan Hagedorn, “it is the missing piece that fills our story of modern military aviation. Prowlers have been used since the Vietnam War, and their capability to suppress enemy air defenses is still formidable. This plane will not only compliment our older military jets on exhibit, but speak for the current state-of-the-art as well.”

On Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m., there will be a public program in the Museum about the Prowler.

After 45 years in service, the Navy is in the process of retiring all of its Grumman Prowlers and replacing them with new Boeing EA-18G Growlers. The last Navy Prowler flight will be next month at VAQ-134 on Whidbey Island. [Editors Note: The last official EA-6B Prowler flight will occur at NAS Whidbey Island’s Open House on June 27th. Click HERE or HERE for details.]

Grumman EA-6B Prowler Program on Saturday, May 30th

On May 30th, at 2 pm, in celebration of the Museum’s EA-6B Prowler arrival, there will be a public program with Navy officials and the Museum’s Curator, Dan Hagedorn. The program will look at the Prowler and its history with both the Navy at large, and with the Puget Sound region in particular. The program will be in the Allen Theater, and is free with admission to the Museum. The aircraft will be on free display in the Museum’s parking lot all day.

1 Comment

  1. Sad to see the Navy retiring the very last of their EA-6B Prowlers. At least the Marines will still be flying the Prowler out of MCAS Cherry Point, NC for about the next 3 to 4 years or so.

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