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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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Aviation Day | Pay As You Wish!
Friday, Aug 19 | 10AM to 3PM

Join us in celebrating the development of aviation this National Aviation Day and PAY AS YOU WISH!

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National Aviation Day celebrations will also be held at Exploration of Flight at Centennial Airport! Click here to learn more.

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Friday Aug 19
10AM TO 3PM
Exploration of Flight

Aviation Day | Pay As You Wish!

Aviation Day | Pay As You Wish!
Friday, Aug 19 | 10AM to 3PM

Join us in celebrating the development of aviation this National Aviation Day and PAY AS YOU WISH!

Enjoy special activities including:

  • Paper airplane building
  • Spinning helicopters
  • Talk with pilots and explore aircraft
  • Scavenger hunts
  • And more!

Your donation helps to support Wings’ mission to educate, inspire and excite all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future.

National Aviation Day celebrations will also be held at the Air & Space Museum in Denver! Click here to learn more.

Please note: Pay as You Wish offer is valid on 8/19/22 at both Wings locations. Pre-sale tickets not available for this event. Admission will be available at the door.

Saturday Aug 20
10AM TO 11AM
Exploration of Flight

Speaker Series | Aviation Archaeology

Speaker Series | Aviation Archaeology
Saturday, Aug 20 | 10AM to 11AM

Join Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight and the Colorado Aviation Historical Society to hear from experts in aviation archaeology and field work.

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