Thursday, November 7, 2013

First Australian Growler pilot starts training at Whidbey Island

The Royal Australian Air Force's first EA-18G Growler pilot instructor has commenced flying on the type in the United States. The training is being conducted with the Electronic Attack Wing of the US Pacific Fleet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Over the next three years, six RAAF crews (comprised one pilot and one electronic warfare officer) will learn to fly the Growler with the US Navy’s VAQ-129, with assistance from the US Program Management Office (PMA-265) at Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland.

Australia has 12 new-build EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack Aircraft on order. It had originally intended to convert 12 of it's current fleet of F/A-18F Super Hornets (pictured above) into Growlers.

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