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Wanted: F-4 or FA-18 Tailhook.

ea6bflyr

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#20
I have a *new-in-box* A-6 tailhook and a gently used EA-6B tailhook, but I'm not looking to sell either.
 

ea6bflyr

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#25
Curious, is there a difference?
I honestly would also like to know if there's a difference between the two myself/apologize if I gave any offense.
New-in-box is just that....it was never installed on an aircraft, nor did it see any flight time or traps. It still has the RFI (Reafy For Issue) tag on the box....and boy is this tailhook sparkly and new.

The gently used one has flight time and more than 100 traps.
 
#26
New-in-box is just that....it was never installed on an aircraft, nor did it see any flight time or traps. It still has the RFI (Reafy For Issue) tag on the box....and boy is this tailhook sparkly and new.

The gently used one has flight time and more than 100 traps.
I think what was being asked is if there is any difference in design between the A-6 and the EA-6B tailhook? Or are they the same design (other then the fact one of yours is used and one isn't of course)?
 
#28
or was your question "is there a difference between the A-6 tailhook and the EA-6B tailhook?"
If that is your question, then the A-6 tailhook is shorter and less beefy than the EA-6B tailhook.
Did the Prowler need a longer/beefier tailhook because it was a bit bigger than an Intruder or am I overthinking this?
 

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A-6E:
  • Crew: 2 (pilot, bombardier/navigator)
  • Length: 54 ft 9 in (16.69 m)
  • Wingspan: 53 ft 0 in (16.15 m)
  • Width: 25 ft 2 in (7.67 m) wing folded
  • Height: 16 ft 2 in (4.93 m)
  • Wing area: 528.9 sq ft (49.14 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 5.31:1[62]
  • Empty weight: 26,660 lb (12,093 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 60,400 lb (27,397 kg) (shore-based operations)
  • Fuel capacity: 2,385 US gal (1,986 imp gal; 9,030 L) (internal fuel)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney J52-P8B turbojets, 9,300 lbf (41 kN) thrust each
EA-6B