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Grumman A-6 Intruder i EA-6B Prowler

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The last EA-6B squadron
Citat:Following the deactivation of VMAQ-3 last week, the United States is now left with only one EA-6B squadron.VMAQ-2 is expected to deactivate in October this year as well.
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Citat: U.S. Marine Corps VMAQ-2 EA-6B Jets Have Just Completed The Prowler's Final Deployment Before Retirement
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^^Kraj za VMAQ-2
Citat: US Marine Corps Prowlers will bow out with a blast
On Friday 8 March 2019, the last US Marine Corps Grumman EA-6B Prowler squadron will see its sun settle.
During the ceremony at homebase MCAS Cherry Point (NC), Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2 Death Jesters ('CY-xx'), will be decomissioned.
With most of its Prowlers already disposed of to musea and the 309th Aircraft Maintanance And Regeneration Group (AMARG), the Arizona Boneyard, VMAQ-2 currently only has two Cadillacs of the Sky left.
The decomissioning ceremony of VMAQ-2 will be held under supervision of Marine Aircraft Group 14, part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, also based at Cherry Point.
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Another iconic aircraft is being retired
Citat:The U.S. Marine Corps is deactivating its last remaining EA-6B Prowler squadron on Mar. 8, 2019.
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Prowler delivered to museum
Citat:On 14 March 2019, former VMAQ-2 EA-6B Prowler with BuNo 162230/CY-02 flew to Dulles Airport for delivery to the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution in Washington (DC).
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Confessions Of An A-6 Intruder Pilot

Strap in alongside veteran pilot Francesco "Paco" Chierici for a trip back in time when A-6s still rocketed through canyons in the black of night.


https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27604/confessions-of-an-a-6-intruder-pilot

Citat:One of the great things about the Intruder was its punch. During its heyday, it was second only to the B-52 in payload. That was remarkable because she was only 54 feet long with a wingspan of 53 feet, as compared to the BUFF, which is 159 feet long and 185 feet wide. Also, she was launching off of a 1,100-foot carrier, whereas the BUFF rumbled down a two-mile runway before it was able to claw itself into the sky.

Without any modifications, the A-6 could carry 28 MK-82 500-pound bombs. If the gear doors were removed, it was an even 30. That was 15,000 pounds of ordnance on a plane that only weighed 27,000 pounds empty. Fill her up with gas and we were launching off the deck in 300 feet, zero to 160 knots, at 60,000 pounds of gross weight.

That was quite a ride.

One of the advantages of having such an aerodynamically challenged airframe was that she didn’t handle much differently fully loaded than when she was clean. Alright, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but in all honesty, she was a dream to fly low, fast, and laden with weapons.

The wing root, where the wing attached to the fuselage, was enormously thick. We could fly all day (and night) with a serious bomb load-out at low-level and pull five Gs or more. The Intruder was impervious.

The addition of the FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) pod—which happened well before my time—enabled the A-6 to transition from a mere heavy-hitter to a precision striker. Whereas before there were two basic modes of delivery, the pilot doing a visual dive and the BN using the radar to drive the plane to a bomb release point, the FLIR introduced a level of precise aim-point fine-tuning that was completely unique at the time.

In the target area, the BN would transition from the radar picture to the FLIR. Using the laser and the crosshairs in the FLIR picture he would fine tune the information the pilot used to arrive at the proper delivery point. Those capabilities enabled the Intruder to precisely deliver iron bombs and laser-guided bombs in almost any weather conditions and at night.


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Citat:In 1995, almost four dozen sanitized A-6 Intruder airframes were sunk in the waters off the coast of St. Augustine, FL to form an artificial reef. Intruder Reef AKA "N.A.S. Atlantis" has become a popular destination for fishermen and scuba divers.
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