A Final Salute to the EA-6B Prowler

A Final Salute to the EA-6B Prowler

June 13, 2019

 
EA-6B Prowler on a final flight.

When the last EA-6B Prowler made its final bank over the North Carolina coastline and touched its wheels down on the runway at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point this past March, a lot of people may have missed it. However, the occasion marked not just the end of the line for the unique old warbird but also the end of a long and remarkable run in U.S. combat aviation.

For nearly 50 years, the primary duty of the Prowler—which was the longest-serving tactical fighter jet in the history of the U.S. military—was to quietly find and disrupt enemy radar, communications, and other signals to allow surrounding U.S. and allied air, land, and sea forces to successfully execute their missions. And the aircraft did just that through more than 260,000 hours of service and 70 different deployments, including in every major U.S. military operation over the last half century and against every major U.S. enemy from Ho Chi Minh to Isis [1, 2]. >>read more