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(   For some reason, Navy decides not to name its latest aircraft the "Shocker"   ( ) divider line 68
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2005-11-15 10:17:54 AM  
I thoughts that's what the Canadians named their subs due to the British wiring.
2005-11-15 10:35:20 AM  

I notice that the article steered clear of the "unofficial" nick-name of the EA-6B, the aircraft this one is intended to replace. I have to wonder what name this one will get out in the fleet.





Oh yeah, the EA-6B is known as the "Queer".

2005-11-15 10:52:36 AM  
Heres the deck crew for the EA-6B

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2005-11-15 11:09:22 AM  
Instead they went with the much less controversial lists of possible names:

The Dirty Sanchez
The Donkeypuncher
The Stranger
The Golden Shower
2005-11-15 11:10:32 AM  
Shocker's more of an Army name any way.
2005-11-15 11:11:11 AM  
..and the name the Marines will use?
2005-11-15 11:11:40 AM  
take that terrorists!
2005-11-15 11:12:31 AM  
About 30 names, including Shocker, Demon and Gator, also were considered, said Chuck Wagner, a spokesman for the Naval Air Systems Command.

Obviously, his parents had a sick sense of humour to name him 'Chuck'.
2005-11-15 11:13:16 AM  
I prefer the Chilli Rainbow...

2005-11-15 11:13:21 AM  
why not the UFIA Interceptor?
2005-11-15 11:14:52 AM  
That's really say. I used to work on the EA-6B Prowler. RIP
2005-11-15 11:19:50 AM  

/love it.
2005-11-15 11:22:22 AM  
I laid down a nasty growler this morning. Had to light a match...
2005-11-15 11:22:41 AM  
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2005-11-15 11:23:36 AM  
I thoughts that's what the Canadians named their subs due to the British wiring.

Hahahahahahaha (*remembers he's a Can. taxpayer*) D'OH!
2005-11-15 11:24:12 AM  
mmmm gold plated airplane...
2005-11-15 11:26:27 AM  
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2005-11-15 11:26:28 AM  
Mike_Bolton "Heres the deck crew for the EA-6B"

... loss of situational awareness, yes.

*Shakes head slowly* ... *Summons up my best Sulu voice impersonation* ... Oh, my ....
2005-11-15 11:26:46 AM  
Two in the engines, one in the cockpit.
2005-11-15 11:27:44 AM  
Any pixs of the new beast? Is it just like a Hornet?
2005-11-15 11:28:01 AM  
This is the Navy might as well call it EA-18G Rest in Pieces
2005-11-15 11:30:42 AM  
Gaaawwwdd, this shocker thing could not die quickly enough.
2005-11-15 11:31:38 AM  
duckpoopy: Two in the engines, one in the cockpit.

Or should that be two in the cockpit, one in the exhaust?

/"Growlers" - A growler is a plastic or glass container used for selling fresh draft beer straight from the tap. Beer sold in this format, generally from a brewpub, must be refrigerated and then consumed within a day or two.
//Hooray Beer!
2005-11-15 11:32:13 AM  
"Shocker" would have a better name, given the plan sill be carrying devices intent on 'Jamming' stuff....
2005-11-15 11:33:22 AM  
"Shocker" would have been a better name, given the plane will be carrying devices intent on 'Jamming' stuff....

Bad keyboard, bad!
2005-11-15 11:33:39 AM  
Am I the only one that thinks basing everything on the super Hornet Airframe is going to come back and Bite the Good Old USN square in the ass?
2005-11-15 11:33:55 AM  
"Our radar, sir. It appears to be... jammed!"

"Raspberry. There's only one man who would DARE give me the raspberry... LONE STAR!"
2005-11-15 11:35:15 AM  
Two in the air, one as a spare?

Two in the clear, one in the rear?

\this demands a caption contest
2005-11-15 11:35:47 AM  
dougermouse: Any pixs of the new beast? Is it just like a Hornet?

Its basically an F/A-18G outfitted with new electronic warfare weaponry and avionics instead of your regular weaponry and avionics

/they test fly them right outside my building and some friends of mine work on the E/A-18
//I work at boeing
///here's a picture
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2005-11-15 11:39:39 AM  
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Bloody good!
2005-11-15 11:39:47 AM  
Errr.... just think I should point out that in the U.K GROWLER is sometimes used as slang for a ladies private parts. E.g:

Brian: "Get your growler out Cheryl!"
Cheryl: "Okay."

I personally think its a great name.
2005-11-15 11:40:16 AM  
thank you, CosmoDNA
2005-11-15 11:40:32 AM  
2005-11-15 11:41:10 AM  
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in the pink,

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in the stink.
2005-11-15 11:46:16 AM  
He meant to say, "Here's a picture of a prototype named F1"
2005-11-15 11:52:36 AM  
Isn't a "Growler" (in Navy parlance anyway) a boat to boat communications device?

Any Bubbleheads out there?
2005-11-15 12:05:20 PM  
In another of those strange UK vs. US-English snafus: While, in the UK, "Growler" is sometimes used as slang for a ladies private parts. E.g:

Brian: "Get your growler out Cheryl!"
Cheryl: "Okay."

Here in the US, "Growler" is sometimes used as slang for taking a dump. E.g:

Brian: "Get your growler out Cheryl!"
Cheryl: "Okay." [Flush!]
2005-11-15 12:06:24 PM  
The E-Hornets were developed because the "Dorito" A-7 program was cancelled, and the magnificent A-6's just plain wore out, even when re-winged. That A-7 would have been the coolest-looking thing ever put on a catapult, (GIS it) had they been able to actually make it at the time.

I think nowadays, they could build it, but it's too late: after the Growlers do this job for a decade or two, my guess is this job is next going to get assigned to robotic UCAV's or whatever you wanna call remotely-piloted aircraft.

For that kind of mission, it makes all kinds of sense: longer possible duration in flight, easy to swap out pilots sitting in chairs back on the ship (or even back in Florida or New Mexico, really, it doesn't matter at that point). Can make the planes even stealthier and smaller, or give them more weapons for the same size. They have essentially no g-limits, humans can handle up to about 9 for short bursts of seconds, but the UCAV could do it for hours. While the recent movie with Fox and Biel was utter cheese, the concepts behind the autonomous drones are valid, and the tech to make them truly work is getting closer daily.
2005-11-15 12:07:24 PM  
2005-11-15 12:08:15 PM  
Mambo: //I work at boeing

Where are you at Mambo? I just switched programs from E/A-18 over to J-UCAS.

And yeah, the Growler is an F/A-18F with some extra antennae and a lot of extra software.
2005-11-15 12:08:42 PM  
Idiot, I meant A-12 Dorito, not A-7.
2005-11-15 12:11:11 PM  

Ah, imagine the terrifying possibilities of Anglo-American growler confusion. It doesn't bear thinking about.
2005-11-15 12:21:28 PM  
Fox Two in the pink
Fox One in the stink
2005-11-15 12:22:17 PM  
2 in the growler, 1 where its fouler?
2005-11-15 12:22:37 PM  
In Scotland a growler is also used to refer to an unpleasant looking lady (or 'munter').
2005-11-15 12:27:17 PM  
Mambo: /they test fly them right outside my building and some friends of mine work on the E/A-18

You must be a local. Hello! :)
2005-11-15 12:30:30 PM  

Kind of. Sound powered phones on the boat don't have a normal ringer like your phone at home. You select the station you want to call, and then turn a crank attached to a little generator (kinda like bicycle lights). The switch selecting the station completes the circuit with the receiving box, which has a noisemaker known as a "growler". To call someone is to "growl" them.

/bubblehead instructor in Groton
2005-11-15 12:35:20 PM  
Dorito, eh wot?

The McDonnell Douglas A-12 program was the Avenger II, not the "Dorito".
2005-11-15 12:41:23 PM  
Shouldn't we stop building so many weapons that are essentially useless in the small guerilla war setting and start working on making our ground forces more mobile and responsive?

It seems like the Pentagon is in a fantasy world where the Cold War is still in progress... and the White House is supporting that fantasy!

Its frustrating to watch from the point of view of a student of political science and military strategy. Air power does not win wars. It does not really disrupt C3I (Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence). You cannot take or occupy territory with air power. I think that programs like this and the Joint Strike Fighter are a waste of money, time, and brainpower.
2005-11-15 12:49:39 PM  
The EA-6B aircraft were known as the "Prowler".

F-18 aircraft have been built in models A&B, C&D, and E&F. Next model letter is "G"....

Could I BE any more clear about this?
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