Prowler has arrived

While I was at Fort Nisqually yesterday, this Prowler was delivered to the Museum of Flight. More info.

Later edit: Late in the afternoon of this post, the Museum of Flight posted a video of the arrival yesterday!

It was still on the tarmac today and there will be an event about it this weekend.   People who were there yesterday said it was LOUD!  One of the other volunteers was on the crew that launched them off aircraft carriers.  He said it was the loudest aircraft he ever worked on.

I arrived early to do a sketch.

It looked like the Navy crew were removing things.  One of the veterans on the docent staff referred to it as decommissioning.

Here is its “born on” date.  It’s about 30 years old.  The Prowlers, as a group, have been in service since 1971. Note the signatures…. probably the crew that flew it in yesterday.  There is a tradition that the final crew sign the aircraft.

It will eventually (as in July 2016) be housed in the new Air Park.  If I understand what was said at the end of the above video, it will be on display on outside, on the south side of the Great Gallery.  That’s next to the internal street that is the main entrance.

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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2 Responses to Prowler has arrived

  1. joantav says:

    You really have access to such different things to sketch. It is a very solid looking plane!

    • redharparts says:

      Though I’m a volunteer there, I really don’t have any special access over a regular member or visitor. I just might hear more about what’s coming up and so can be there when interesting things happen. For 40 years, this aircraft was the workhorse of electronic jamming on the battlefield.

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