EA-6B Prowler on the deck of the USS Kitty Hawk cv-63

EA-6B Prowler US Navy Jet Fighter

A picture of an EA-6B Prowler
on the deck of the aircraft carrier
USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63


EA-6B Prowler next to the conning tower of the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63

Photo by C. Jeff Dyrek

EA-6B Books     A-6 Movies   A-6 Intruder Models

The EA6B Prowler is strictly built for electronic countermeasures and electronic warfare. You can see that it is built to seat 4 crew members. This aircraft was very classified and high tech. The big thing sticking out above the nose is a fuel boom. Take a close look at the canopy. you can see a slightly golden tint in the windshield. This is because the windshield actually had gold impregnated into it. In real life the gold tint is much more evident. I was told that these special windshields were 500,000 each. The gold was used to protect the sensitive electronic equipment inside.
EA-6B Prowler Model Kit, Click the Picture
0009229ALT="EA-6B Prowler 1/72 Model Airplane Kit" HSPACE=10 VSPACE=10 BORDER=2 height=105 width=250 align=RIGHT>
The gold tint you mention was not used to protect electronic equipment inside the cockpit, it was used to protect the pilots from the radiation  produced by the ECM pods. (The pods were hung under the wing or belly hardpoints and were recognizable by the small prop on the front). The aircraft itself had a weight on wheels switch which prevented activation of the pods while on deck. The reason being that if they did activate,  anyone with-in range would be cooked from the inside out - much like what being inside a microwave oven would be. Also, on the Vigilante, if you recall, they always placed rubber protective strips along the  trailing edges of the rear horizontal stabilizers. The reason was that  the trailing edge was so sharp a person could cut themselves if they  happened to bump into it. 

I was on the cruise also. Worked in Airframes Shop, VA-52 Knightriders.   AMH1 M. M. Perkins (1974-1982) Go Navy!! 

I was viewing your web page and i read where you said you don't believe the prowler has weapons. The fact is it can hold up to 4 HARM missiles ( high speed anti-radiation missiles) theses missiles can be placed on stations 1,2,4,5 they are used to take out enemy radar. iserved 4 years in the navy working on the prowler. 

   Sincerely    AD3 Rick K Williams

Click here for A-6 Intruder and Prowler Books.

Click Here for A-6 Intruder and Prowler Models

Click Here for A-6 Intruder Aviation Art. 

Click Here for A-6 Intruder and A-6 Prowler Videos

<<< Previous Photo      Next Photo >>>

Kitty Hawk Photo Page

  Click Here to fly in a Real Russian Jet Fighter.






Survival Equipment - Survival Supplies Real Sports Cars for Sale

To See All Exhibits in the Yellow Airplane Museum, Click Here.



Yellow Airplane Home BaseFly to the airplane models departmentAirplane Books   *  Airplane Movies   *    *  Airplane Models  *  Camaros for SaleAircraft Calendars  * Jet Fighter ModelsFlight Manuals Fly to the airplane models departmentExhibits  * Museums * RC Boats  * Ship Models  *   Sailing ShipsFly to the airplane models department Tanks  *  Military Vehicles   *    *  Action Figures   * Fly to the airplane models department ( Train Sets   * Railroad Books  *  Real Sports Cars for Sale   *    *        Real Sports Cars for Sale   *   Adventures   *  Survival Equipment    
  *     *  
More Aviation Art    *    More Models    *   

Specifications of the EA-6B Prowler

Please note that these specs are only for one version of the A-6. Newer versions have more power and different electronics configurations.

Manufacturer Grumman
Length 59'10"
Height 16'3"
Span 53'0"
Area 529 sq. ft.
Empty Weight 32160 lbs
Max Weight 65000
Engines 2
Powerplant Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A
Thrust 9300 lbs each
Range  1628 N Miles
Cruise Speed 482 kts
Max Speed 658 kts

EA-6B Books     A-6 Movies   A-6 Intruder Models

Click Here for a list of WW2 Fighter Groups

Listing of Bomb Groups

Click Here to go to the YellowAirplane Online Museum


Look at these exhibits and tell me what these men really fought for.
the 34th fighter Squadron USS Kitty Hawk

About the Webmaster, Why God Send Me to the North Pole


Avitop.com Aviation banner exchange - Join now!

  Write to the Webmaster 


  AVIATION TOP 100 - www.avitop.com Avitop.com        Best Aviation Sites Airplane Web Sites