EA-18G Growler VAQ-131 "Operation Inherent Resolve" (1:72)
Item # HA5153
Prepainted Diecast Metal Model
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Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
168772, VAQ-131 "Operation Inherent Resolve"
In order to replace their aging EA-6B Prowlers the USN acquired a specialized version of the F/A-
18F Super Hornet, the EA-18G Growler. The Growler is an advanced airborne electronic attack
aircraft capable of tactical jamming and electronic protection. The first EA-18G Growler flight took
place in August 2006 with the first USN production aircraft being delivered to VAQ129 in June
2008. After operational capability testing full production of the EA-18G Growler began in late
2009. In 2010 VAQ-132, 138 and 141 were re-equipped with the Growler.
In 2017 the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush was stationed in the Arabian Gulf in support of
Operation Inherent Resolve. The OIR mission was to strike the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by
flying hundreds of sorties, destroying enemy positions with smart ordnance. VAQ-131 "Lancers"
was onboard to carry out airborne electronic attack missions. VAQ-131 re-equipped with the
EF-18G Growler in 2014 and during OIR flew 1,890 hours completing 270 combat sorties.
EA-18G 168772 was the personal aircraft of the squadron CAG, AJ500.
Specifications for the EA-18G Growler
Role - carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft
Crew � 2 X Pilot and WSO
True 1/72 scale.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Optional armament provided.
Canopy can be displayed open or closed.
Pilot figure included.
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.