Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA5009 Grumman EA-6B Prowler “Patriots” 163521, VAQ-140, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVW7, 2012 “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Buy online now at Flying Tigers.
Based on the A-6 Intruder the Northrop Grumman (formerly Grumman) EA-6B Prowler primary mission is to support strike aircraft and ground forces by interrupting enemy electronics and gathering tactical intelligence. The aircraft carries 4-crew and is in service with the USN and USMC. The first USN EA-6B was retired on June 10, 2011 and the last carrier deployment by an EA-6B took place on November 14, 2014. The USN will replace the EA-6B with the Boeing EA-18G Growler. The USMC will continue using the EA-6B until 2019.
On October 3, 2006 VAQ-140 “Patriots” and their EA-6Bs made its first of five deployments onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On June 20, 2012 the “Patriots” began their last deployment on the USS DDE with the EA-6B. VAQ-140 returned home to NAS Whidbey Island and began the process of retiring the Prowler for the new EA-18G Growler. The EA-6B Prowler joined the fleet in 1971 with VAQ-140 beginning to fly the EA-6B in 1985. Prowler 163521 was sent to AMARC in 2015.