THE first pilot instructor for the RAAF’s new Growler electronic warfare aircraft has started training in the United States.
Flight Lieutenant Sean Rutledge is stationed with the US Pacific Fleet Electronic Attack Wing at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state.
He will be qualified to instruct other RAAF aircrew on the operation of 12 EA-18G Growlers Australia is buying from the US.
Sleepy little Oak Harbor is a tad different than Australia. But I’ll bet there will be tons of offers of hospitality to the antipodean aircrew.
And just wait till they learn the joys of mussels and beer at Toby’s.
Interestingly, the Growler’s predecessor, the EA-6B Prowler (and indeed, the entire A-6 family) never served with a foreign power.