Hobby Master HA5008 – 1/72 Scale EA-6B Prowler Diecast Model
1/72 Airpower Series
|Length||25.3 cm||9.96 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||22.2 cm||8.75 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable crew figurines
- Optional ordnance
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, US Navy – Hobby Master HA5008
Hobby Master diecast model HA5008 replicates in 1/72 scale the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, s/n 160432, tail code CY/000 of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Two (VMAQ-2), “Playboys”, United States Marine Corps (USMC), circa the late 1970s.
Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler
The Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler is an American four-seat twin-engine monoplane long-range, all-weather, carrier-capable, electronic warfare aircraft. It also has the ability to command-and-control airstrike missions and electronic signals intelligence gathering.
Designed to replace the EKA-3B Skywarriors in US Navy service, it first flew on May 25, 1968, entering operational service with VAQ-132 in July 1971. In 1995 Navy Prowlers began land-based deployments to replace retiring EF-111A Ravens. It was withdrawn from the US Navy service in June 2015, replaced by the EA-18G Growler. The USMC plans to operate the Prowler until 2019. Production ended in 1991, with 170 airframes built.
Based on the A-6 Intruder, it has a lengthened forward fuselage to allow for a crew of four, pilot, and three Electronic Countermeasures Officers (ECMO). A thin gold film over the canopy protects the occupants from emissions produced by the avionics. The top of the vertical stabiliser has an antenna fairing added.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney J52 turbojet engines mounted in the fuselage, the Prowler has a maximum speed of 1,048 km/h (651 mph), a range of 3,900 km (2400 mi), and a service ceiling of 11,500 m (37,600 ft).
Armament excludes guns, with five external hard-points, able to carry up to 8,200 kg (18,000 lb) of payload, two under each wing, and one under-fuselage on centre-line. Able to carry anti-radiation missiles, drop tanks, Tactical Jamming System (TJS) pods, Chaff Dispensing System pod, and with the USMC, Litening targeting pod.
This aircraft, known as 000, s/n 160432, was the first EA-6B accepted by the Marine Corps and the only EA-6B to remain with the Marine Corps for its entire career. Entered service with the USMC on February 17, 1977, its last flight took place in June 2011, after which it went on display at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, USA.