Retirements: EA-6B Prowler and QF-4 Phantom II

The Grumman (now Northrop Grumman) EA-6B Prowler, which entered service in 1971, has retired from operational US Navy service. It still remains in service with the US Marine Corps. Ottosen Photography has a nice article on its website about the EA-6B and its retirement.

An EA-6B Prowler attached to VAQ-134 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after conducting strike missions against ISIL targets. Image credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

An EA-6B Prowler attached to VAQ-134 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after conducting strike missions against ISIL targets.
Image credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens

The QF-4 full scale aerial target is retiring from service in the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron at Tyndall AFB. It will remain in service with Detachment 1 of that unit for a short while longer at Holloman AFB, and when retired there, the era of F-4 Phantom flight operations in the American military will come to an end.

The final, of 314, QF-4s produced since 1998 landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Reel

The final, of 314, QF-4s produced since 1998 landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19, 2013.
Image credit: Senior Airman Christopher Reel

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron's last QF-4 Phantom takes off from the runway May 27 marking the end of almost 20 years of its use at Tyndall.  Image credit: Senior Airman Alex Echols

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron’s last QF-4 Phantom takes off from the runway May 27, 2015 marking the end of almost 20 years of its use at Tyndall.
Image credit: Senior Airman Alex Echols

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