"Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

"Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby agdickie on Tue 15 Sep 2009, 3:54 am

...a voice from a window said as we walked the ramp at NAS Whidbey Island. I couldn't agree more. :smile:

Unfortunately what had been promised as a full day on base with night shooting if there was night flying (which there was) turned into a fogbound two hour visit (which we only discovered as we were told that it was over) predominantly around the EA-18Gs. Bit of a bummer to fly all that way for that but that said I did get to walk about the Prowler's home base and I just love that aircraft :drool:

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Just to give you an idea of how thick the fog was...
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The future *spits* looms in the background...
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And no more than a few hundred metres (if that) from the ramp it was a beautiful day as can be seen with these 'gate guards' that stand at the junction for the Naval Air Station

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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby Epic Formacion on Tue 15 Sep 2009, 6:34 am

A nice set all the same. I had the same weather in Key West trying to shoot A-3's a few years ago.
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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby TonyO on Tue 15 Sep 2009, 8:44 am

What a bugga, how many E/A-18s does VAQ-132 have?
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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby expat1 on Tue 15 Sep 2009, 3:15 pm

Despite the weather and limited time it was still a good tour. Any day with operational EA-6Bs close up has got to be good. And we did get to see three 787s on the way home.
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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby scotthldr on Tue 15 Sep 2009, 4:33 pm

Great pics giving the conditions :clap: It's sad that another classic Naval jet is nearing the end, as you I've always liked the Intruder/Prowle,r but unfortunatey I didn't get to see them enough times.
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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby Harlequin67 on Tue 15 Sep 2009, 4:34 pm

Always nice to see Prowlers and Growlers.

The Prowlers will soon be gone. Good to take the opportunities to get the Prowlers.

Nice shots in the grey fog.
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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby Koen L on Tue 15 Sep 2009, 4:41 pm

Excellent stuff Andrew. Sorry to hear you didn't get what you had been promised but you still got some lovely shots! :drool:
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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby agdickie on Wed 16 Sep 2009, 10:16 pm

Tony - Not sure but the only VAQ-132 aircraft that I saw was that one, everything else was VAQ-129 (inc the SuperFs).
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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby Takamota on Thu 17 Sep 2009, 6:35 pm

Nice shots given the conditions though Andy... :clap:
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Re: "Don't let the Growlers take all the glory"...

Postby agdickie on Sat 19 Sep 2009, 4:02 pm

Steve - VAQ-132 bird is 166895 and NJ-555 of VAQ-129 is 166899

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