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Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Grumman EA-6B Prowler

One of the most significant lessons to come out of the Vietnam War is that combat aircraft have to operate in an environment that is full of electronic threats, and they need to counter them if they are to succeed in their mission. To protect the US Navy’s strike aircraft and surface ships from these electronic threats, Grumman converted their successful A-6 Intruder attack bomber into a dedicated Electronics Countermeasures (ECM) aircraft called the EA-6B Prowler.

To make room for the electronics needed to perform its mission, Grumman stretched the A-6 to include four seats, one for the pilot, and the other three for electronics systems operators. Together, they use a wide array of resources to jam and confuse enemy radar systems, electronic data links, and communications. In addition to the large antenna array mounted on the tip of the tail, the Prowler can also carry a number of specialized jamming pods under the wings.

The Prowler can also be equipped for Air Defense Suppression to protect a group of aircraft on a strike mission. In this role, it carries High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) that home in on radar signals from enemy antiaircraft missiles or guns, following them back to destroy their sources. Prowlers were first used in the Vietnam War, and served with the Navy and Marine Corps in the first Gulf War, second Gulf War, and operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

This EA-6B Prowler last served with the Navy’s Electronics Warfare Squadron VAQ-134 aboard the USS George H. W. Bush, and was flown to Buckley AFB and towed to the museum after its last deployment in the Persian Gulf. It is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum.

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Wednesday Feb 21
12:00PM TO 8:00PM
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Air & Space Museum Open Late

Air & Space Museum Open Late
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024 | 12:00PM to 8:00PM

Can’t make it to the museum during the day, or looking for a fun evening out? Experience Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in a whole new light! Our hours for ‘Open Late’ nights are from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Standard admission pricing applies. As always, admission is free for our members. Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore captivating aviation and space exhibits after hours. We look forward to seeing you!

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Wednesday Feb 21
6:00PM TO 7:00PM
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Member Tour of the Berlin Airlift Exhibit

Member Tour of the Berlin Airlift Exhibit
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024 | 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Wings’ members are invited to attend a members-only tour of the new Berlin Airlift exhibit! This tour and Q&A, hosted by Wings’ Collections Manager, Stewart Bailey, will explore the history and significance of the Berlin Airlift. Members can expect to learn more about the stories behind the exhibit as well as get an inside view of how the exhibit was created.

This unique event will be held on Wednesday, February 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Air & Space Museum. While the museum will be open to the public until 8:00 p.m., this tour and Q&A is available exclusively to Wings Over the Rockies members and their guests (qualifying membership levels only). Members must pre-register for the tour at the link below.

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Saturday Feb 24
10:00AM TO 2:00PM
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Public Safety Day

Public Safety Day
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Meet public safety heroes, including firefighters and search and rescue responders, and learn about their roles in keeping the community safe. Check out firetrucks, rescue vehicles, air ambulances and safety equipment up close. Bring the whole family out for a fun and educational day!

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