Combo Prowler Crews Working Alaskan Exercise: Joint Air Force and Navy aircrews are manning EA-6B Prowlers during Exercise Northern Edge 2006, providing a somewhat atypical sight for many participants, reports Air Force journalist SrA. Garrett Hothan. Currently the EA-6B is the US military’s only electronic warfare asset and is operated by Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps crews—not necessarily mixed. At least one senior military leader thinks it is high time to decide about a real Prowler follow-on, and he favors an F-35 variant.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.