In recognition of the retirement of the venerable EA-6B Prowler, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is holding an open house.
The base will also host an EA-6B Prowler Sundown event to highlight the naval history of this iconic aircraft.
The open house is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 27 at Ault Field.
The Navy is retiring the 44-year-old Prowler and replacing the long-range, all-weather electronic attack platform with the EA-18G Growler.
NAS Whidbey is the Navy’s home base for its electronic attack squadrons including a forward deployed Growler squadron in Japan. As with the Growler, all Prowler squadrons — with exception of four Marine Corps EA-6B squadrons — were based and trained at NAS Whidbey.
“Prowler” and “Whidbey” are virtually synonymous to our mind. We tend to forget about MCAS Cherry Point, since 1. It’s the Marines, and 2. We haven’t been there since around 1970, long before the Marines had Prowlers.
We sure wish we could make it up to Whidbey this summer, either for this or our 30th high school reunion. Sadly, looks like we’ll be busy.
Dad cleaned out a lot of pictures and stuff from his “I love me wall” before moving away from Whidbey. Sadly, one picture he got rid of was the one I wanted to keep, showing the variety of airplanes stationed there in August of ’73, when he reported aboard. Going from memory…
- C-1 (might have actually been a US-2)