Discussion in 'Military Aviation in General' started by woodman, Sep 18, 2002.
Yeah I didnt think you could put an AIM-9 on the port wingtip station.
And 260 is not a very VAQ-y side number.
I never know anymore. Back in the day we were 500-504
Does anyone know if this is still the case?
The Navy is going to be flying Prowlers until 2014 or so. Don't know exactly when they'll be done with CAT I's at 129, but it's probably a year or two away.
Oh come on. Just when have you seen a G deigning to carry pods?
No CAT I's (from kingsville at least) for prowlers for the last year, word in the taxiway is they are done CAT I on the navy side and won't open up to the -G for at least till next FY.
Last B CAT 1 FRS grad = late FY14
VAQ community EA-18G transition complete = early FY16
As always, subject to change, but that's the plan now.
I assume you mean that's for the dual anchor crowd, am I correct?
No, both pilots and nfos.
I just finished up advanced and I'm slated to class up with VAQ-129 in late November. Besides travelling, getting my civilian ratings, and turning groceries into crap, I'd like to do something productive in the intervening time. Does anyone have unclassified Growler gouge? Is there a master curriculum guide for the FRS?
The way I understand this is that the Navy currently has 4 expeditionary Prowler Squadrons that AF EWO types can fly in, but the pilot gig has gone away.
Will this expeditionary process continue with the Growler?
Has there been any thought of allowing AF pilots into the Growler as part of the expeditionary gig, or would that be a PEP route entirely? Are you familiar with why the AF discontinued sending pilots to these squadrons?
May be old, but this made me laugh.
The three remaining Prowler squadrons either have or are in the process of transitioning to boat squadrons. Likewise, the first few Growler squadrons are currently serving in the expeditionary role. How that plays out in the future remains to be seen. AFAIK, USAF folks are in the Growler syllabus now, or will be shortly.
Do you know if it is back seat types only? Or are AF pilots doing this as well?
I think it includes pilots, but not certain. Don't know how they'll work the boat thing if that issue creeps up. There have only been one or two USAF pilots to go to the boat in a Prowler and it was day only.
111220-N-MO201-236 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Dec. 20, 2011) A Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft takes off following a transient stop on Crete. The aircraft and four others assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 are headed home to Whidbey Island, Washington, following completion of a six-month deployment to Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)
Awesome videos from the Growlers maiden shipboard deployment with VAQ-141!
No pilots at this time. Three USAF EWOs, one in each exped EA-18g squadron. Some EA-6B USAF EWOs still inbound, but not many.
I recall some drug deal where they would qual an Eagle driver, maybe only as a RAG exchange IP, but not as a deployable guy. That was the scuttlebutt about a year ago.
120718-N-XL102-453 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 18, 2012) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Zappers of Airborne Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is underway conducting flight deck certification. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Caswell/Released)
Glad to see the Zappers again, busted many a knuckle on the EKA-3B Whales back in 72.
120815-N-VZ328-211 NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan (Aug. 15, 2012) An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 takes off from the runway during a scheduled flight at Naval Air Facility Misawa. VAQ-132 is deployed to Misawa in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)
120906-N-ZT599-016 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Nam Nguyen, from San Francisco, Calif., directs an EA-18 Growler from the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Brian H. Abel/Released)
This is an old post, but in a conversation with a Boeing engineer I asked about conformal fuel tanks. When Boeing was offering up ideas on an international variant of the Super Hornet, conformal fuel tanks and enclosed weapons pods were included in the description. In this link: http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/f22-raptors-to-japan-01909/ I think conformal fuel tanks look like they are above the wing, as opposed to to below the wing in the F-15E. Before they design and build the tanks they would need a contract though, but it seems doable. Of course, it would limit top speed. No idea what it would do to landing/approach speed.
In the F-15 Silent Eagle (aimed at Japan) they convert those conformal fuel tanks (at least partially) into weapons bays capable of holding a few missiles or bombs
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