Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler
Electronic Warfare First fielded in 1971, the EA-6B Prowler was derived from Grumman's A-6 Intruder attack aircraft. The long-range, all-weather EA-6B was flown by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, but never sold to foreign nations. Replacing the EA-6A "Electronic Intruder" and EKA-3B Skywarrior, the EA-6B supported group troops, strike aircraft, and ships by suppressing enemy air defenses, disrupting enemy radars and weapons, and collecting valuable tactical electronic intelligence data. These capabilities came from advanced electronic countermeasures systems packaged in under-wing pods and in a distinctive tail enclosure (called "the football"). Managed by the Naval Air Systems Command, the EA-6B fleet received numerous upgrades over its lifetime, maintaining its status as a state-of-the-art electronic warfare aircraft. The Navy's transition from EA-6Bs to EA-18G Growlers finished in 2015. The Marine Corps will fly the Prowler until 2019.
Our Display Aircraft Our Prowler, Bureau Number 159909, was the third production aircraft to be built in the 'Improved Capability' (ICAP) configuration. Manufactured
Primary Mission: Electronic warfare
Crew: One pilot and three Electronic Countermeasures Officers (ECMOs)
U.S. Service Timeline: 1971 - 2019
Max. Gross Weight: 56,000 lb
Dimensions: 58.3 ft length, 38.4 ft wing span
Propulsion: Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P408 engines
Max. Operating Speed: 575 MPH (sea level)
Armament: AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles; ALQ-99 tactical jamming pods
Erected by Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military.
Location. 38° 16.561′ N, 76° 27.737′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Three Notch Road (Maryland Route 235) just north of Buse Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grumman A-6E Intruder (here, next to this marker); Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion (a few steps from this marker); LTV NA-7A Corsair II (a few steps from this marker); North American RA-5C Vigilante (a few steps from this marker); Douglas NA-4M Skyhawk (within shouting distance of this marker); Grumman A-6 Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II (within shouting distance of this marker); The F9F-8B “Cougar” (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 92 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.