The Northrop Grumman (formerly Grumman) EA-6B “Prowler” is a twin-engine, mid-wing electronic electronic warfare aircraft derived from the Grumman A-6 “Intruder” airframe. The EA-6B had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1971 through 2019. Its primary mission was jamming enemy radar systems and gathering radio intelligence on enemy air defense systems. In addition, the EA-6B was capable of carrying and firing anti-radiation missiles (ARM), such as the AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM).
The Museum’s EA-6B “Prowler”, BuNu 16228, served with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2), known as the “Death Jesters”. VMAQ-2 was the last squadron in the U.S. military to operate the EA-6B “Prowler”. In March 2019, the squadron was decommissioned along with the last two Prowlers in active service, BuNo 162228 and 162230.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum acquired EA-6B BuNo 162228, on loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps, thanks to the assistance of the DFW Tailhookers. The aircraft arrived at Dallas Love Field on March 12, 2019. BuNo 162228 is the only “Prowler” on display in the State of Texas.