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EA-6B Prowler

47.5k Destroyerz117  1.4 years ago


UPDATED 21/02/2022

  • Updated to use new parts and features, part count has been reduced to 1038parts (reduction of 90)
  • Complete overhaul of flight characteristics and performance
  • Jamming pods will now spin when active
  • fixed other minor issues

Intro

You know if there's anything I've learnt while building this it's that I am GREAT at posting teasers! What's meant to be a quick showcase of something releasing soon and now me posting this a full 1.7 yrs later...holy hell
When I originally started working on this (before taking massive break) the Prowler had only just recently been retired so I thought this would be fitting, at this point it's a bit less recent but the point still stands. I've made one of these in the past back when I first started out on this site back before I realized that you can read what each part does on Wikipedia or that not every pointy thing on the plane is actually a gun.
You can check out the old version here
I built using the VMAQ-3 Moondogs livery, which was one of the four prowler squadrons within the USMC, I've taken some creative licenses such as moving decals for better clipping etc.
I've updated everything like the landing gear to be perfectly staged, hope this goes well

ABOUT

The earliest prototypes of the Prowler (EA-6A) were made by modifying an A-6 intruder , receiving a more rugged enlarged airframe to accommodate the bigger more powerful Pratt & Whitney J52-P408A engines, sturdier landing gear and larger cockpit to seat more people.
The Prowler primary use was to jam enemy radar and gather radio intelligence using built in jamming and receiving systems as well as up to 5 AN/ALQ-99 external jamming pods.
It's secondary mission being to attack enemy radar sites using anti-radiation missiles such as the AGM-88 HARM. The Prowler carried a crew of four, 1 pilot and 3 Electronic Countermeasure Officers.

The Prowler was only just recently retired from service within the U.S. Armed forces, after serving for nearly 5 decades.
It's replacement being the EA-18G Growler a derivative of the F/A-18F Hornet.
The Prowler flew it's final flight in on March 14, 2019 (around the time I originally started on this...yikes) and in its 48 years of service, not a single Prowler was lost in combat.


Controls

I've made slats etc. deploy at faster speeds than the real thing to improve ease of use. Slats deploy at speeds below 240mph/208kn, this provides a lot more lift at lower speeds so these are important for carrier landings especially, you should preferably be approaching the carrier at below 200mph, activate speed brakes before contact with ground and have the arresting hook deployed.

AG:1 Unfold Wings

AG:2 Slats

AG:3 Speed brakes

AG:4 Arresting Hook

AG:6 Jettison Missiles

AG:7 Jettison Jamming pods

AG:8 Lights

SelectTarget spin jamming pods


Trailer

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Credits

Thank you to @Wolfspark for helping flight test
thankyou also to @HansScharff and @captainlevi820 for pointing out a small issue when launching from USS BEAST catapult.

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 2 airplane(s) +70 bonus
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 26.0ft (7.9m)
  • Length 59.0ft (18.0m)
  • Height 19.0ft (5.8m)
  • Empty Weight 33,196lbs (15,057kg)
  • Loaded Weight 49,169lbs (22,302kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.828
  • Wing Loading 59.1lbs/ft2 (288.7kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 831.4ft2 (77.2m2)
  • Drag Points 13439

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1127
  • Control Surfaces 5
  • Performance Cost 3,698
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    Could You please make it for VR?

    5 days ago
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    1,980 Krikkit42

    @Destroyerz117 Gotcha, thanks! I’ll check it out when I get there. ;-)

    5 months ago
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    @Krikkit42 there's a new site feature that lets you change the download file, I think you need to be gold or higher to get access to it though

    5 months ago
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    1,980 Krikkit42

    Love the updated version! That made me wonde, however: How did you update the upload without creating an entirely new post?

    5 months ago
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    315 birb26

    @Fdbrocks a

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    381 Fdbrocks

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    could you make him a mobile friend ?? sorry if my english is bad i'm brazilian

    +2 1.3 years ago
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    974 MrVocab

    I did

    1.3 years ago
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    @Shootlegger yeah, glad you enjoyed it tho!

    1.3 years ago
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    974 MrVocab

    Oh

    1.3 years ago
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    @Shootlegger no guns since it's a replica, irl plane was used for jamming radar and gathering radio intelligence it didn't have any guns only a type of missile

    1.4 years ago
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    @Theflyingtrex yeah it had been lol

    1.4 years ago
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    Lol been awhile @Destroyerz117

    1.4 years ago
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    150th

    1.4 years ago
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    974 MrVocab

    Where is the guns, but still, love it.

    1.4 years ago
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    @theCubaball on simpleplanes.com go to your profile and then click on manage account.
    There you can connect your gravatar saving to this one. Whatever profile picture you've set on gravatar will show here

    1.4 years ago
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    @Destroyerz117 i cant change it

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    @theCubaball make an account on gravatar.com

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    how to change Avatar

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    how to change Avatar

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    19.6k RandomUser09

    @MetalManiac54 yea yea yea

    1.4 years ago
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    @RandomUser09 definately

    +1 1.4 years ago
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    19.6k RandomUser09

    @Destroyerz117 can it defeat BogdanX's EA-6B Prowler?

    1.4 years ago
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    3,467 JumpingJack

    I like your name @Destroyerz117 Chief

    1.4 years ago
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    @Mostly thanks! glad you like it
    Unfortunately I had to have the cockpit in the middle of the plane or it would mess up the orbit cam, I'll make sure to add a camera that's non obstructed in the updated version.
    I decided to just leave the flame trail since sp trails aren't that realistic and it's better than having none, I reckon I could make better trail using the largest engine(so it looks more like smoke) but the problem is it's so loud even with 0x powermultiplier

    1.4 years ago
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