Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA5153 EA-18G Growler 168772, VAQ-131 “Operation Inherent Resolve” . Buy now online at Flying Tigers.
In order to replace their aging EA-6B Prowlers the USN acquired a specialized version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the EA-18G Growler. The Growler is an advanced airborne electronic attack aircraft capable of tactical jamming and electronic protection. The first EA-18G Growler flight took place in August 2006 with the first USN production aircraft being delivered to VAQ129 in June 2008. After operational capability testing full production of the EA-18G Growler began in late 2009. In 2010 VAQ-132, 138 and 141 were re-equipped with the Growler.
In 2017 the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush was stationed in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The OIR mission was to strike the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by flying hundreds of sorties, destroying enemy positions with smart ordnance. VAQ-131 “Lancers” was onboard to carry out airborne electronic attack missions. VAQ-131 re-equipped with the EF-18G Growler in 2014 and during OIR flew 1,890 hours completing 270 combat sorties. EA-18G 168772 was the personal aircraft of the squadron CAG, AJ500.