Air & Space Museum
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.
Join Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight for monthly fly-ins featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!
On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators.
Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat
Please note: Food purchases are not included in admission.
Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org or 303.360.5360 ext 160.
Round Engine Roundup with an Eclipse Encounter
Join us at Exploration of Flight for a roundup of round engine aircraft, featuring the Sea Fury. Plus, view the 2023 Annular Eclipse from Centennial Airport! Build your own telescope and create a moon phase calendar at our learning stations, followed by an educational talk about the eclipse from Wings Over the Rockies Curator Chuck Stout.
Arrive early for prime eclipse viewing, as the eclipse is expected to be visible in the area around 10:30 a.m. The first 100 people will receive free eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse. Additional glasses will be for sale.
Food Truck: Colorado Coney Company
Teachers Only | Professional Development: Nose Art
Teacher Workshop: Nose Art
Teachers are invited to join us for this online workshop and learn a unique aerospace lesson to bring to your classroom!
As aviation developed, especially as the result of World War I, many pilots chose to decorate their aircraft with designs intended to intimidate their opponents, or to remind the pilots of easier times at home. During this unique program, participants will have a chance to review some of that remarkable history and develop their own insignia and learn how to generate the image on a square of aircraft aluminum.
Register below and you will receive a confirmation email with the online meeting link.
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