Oldschool Paintjob on Navy EW Planes

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 27, 2011) An E/A-6B Prowler assigned to the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 arrives at Naval Air Station North Island and is positioned next to an E/A-18G Growler, also assigned to the Vikings. The aircraft are painted in a throwback tactical paint scheme (circa 1942), honoring U.S. combat aircraft that fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II. The specially painted aircraft are part of more than 200 naval aircraft, from pre-World War II to the present, participating in a Parade of Flight over San Diego Bay, kicking off a series of nationwide events celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Moon/Released)

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 27, 2011) An E/A-6B Prowler assigned to the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 arrives at Naval Air Station North Island and is positioned next to an E/A-18G Growler, also assigned to the Vikings. The aircraft are painted in a throwback tactical paint scheme (circa 1942), honoring U.S. combat aircraft that fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II. The specially painted aircraft are part of more than 200 naval aircraft, from pre-World War II to the present, participating in a Parade of Flight over San Diego Bay, kicking off a series of nationwide events celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Moon/Released)

Gotta say that those are pretty sharp lookin.

VAQ-129 is the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) charged with training all EA-6B and EA-18G aviators. They’re based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, in Puget Sound, Washington. On my visits to the Seattle area, I’ve seen the Prowlers out, um, prowling. I think I also saw a Growler growling last summer but I can’t be sure it was a G model.

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SAN DIEGO (Jan. 27, 2011) An E/A-6B Prowler assigned to the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 arrives at Naval Air Station North Island. The Prowler is painted in a throwback tactical paint scheme (circa 1942), honoring U.S. combat aircraft that fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II. The specially painted Prowler is one of more than 200 naval aircraft, from pre-World War II to the present, participating in a Parade of Flight over San Diego Bay, kicking off a series of nationwide events celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Moon/Released)

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 27, 2011) An E/A-6B Prowler assigned to the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 arrives at Naval Air Station North Island. The Prowler is painted in a throwback tactical paint scheme (circa 1942), honoring U.S. combat aircraft that fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II. The specially painted Prowler is one of more than 200 naval aircraft, from pre-World War II to the present, participating in a Parade of Flight over San Diego Bay, kicking off a series of nationwide events celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Moon/Released)

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 26, 2011) An E/A-18G Growler from the "Vikings" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Wash., arrives at NAS North Island. The Growler is painted in a throwback three-tone paint scheme (circa 1944), honoring Air Group 85 which operated from USS Shangri-La (CV 34) during World War II. The specially-painted Growler is one of more than 200 naval aircraft, from pre-World War II to the present day, participating in a Parade of Flight over San Diego Bay, kicking off a series of nationwide events celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Briana C. Brotzman/Released)

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 26, 2011) An E/A-18G Growler from the 'Vikings' of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Wash., arrives at NAS North Island. The Growler is painted in a throwback three-tone paint scheme (circa 1944), honoring Air Group 85 which operated from USS Shangri-La (CV 34) during World War II. The specially-painted Growler is one of more than 200 naval aircraft, from pre-World War II to the present day, participating in a Parade of Flight over San Diego Bay, kicking off a series of nationwide events celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Briana C. Brotzman/Released)

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  1. When they retire the Prowler, that will be the last Grumman airframe in Navy inventory. kinda sad.

    My grandparents lived on Whidbey Island when I was growing up, and I used to see the Intruders flying around, with that ridiculously loud Sound Of Freedom. I miss that plane.

    1. It’s funny, for some reason, the first thing that popped into my head when I woke up today was this fact. So the first thing I said out loud today was “dammit!”

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