OK, I really want to ask this question especially if any of you are prior Prowler or Hornet aviators or maintainers who might have the inside perspective: Is there any advantage, whatsoever, to keeping the Prowler instead of switchign over the Growler in 2009? My experiences: First off, I'm not an airedale, never been an airedale and the closest I come to working on aircraft is occasionally practicing to shoot them down or sometimes burning up their AEA equipment with my mad skills at EP. That being said, from conversations with maintainers, a few aviators and other associated airedale types I worked out this: -Super Hornet requires far fewer man hours-to-flight hours than any other airframe in the Navy. -Super Hornet, in addition to carrying five ALQ-99s like the Prowler, can actually protect itself or even pop off a target of opportunity or two with AIM-120s along with AGM-88s. -Super Hornet has a quicker turnaround time. -Super Hornet needs fewer overhauls. -When you do need an overhaul, it's far easier on a Super Hornet. -Super Hornet is all digital. -Super Hornet's airframe has growth room. So when upgrades to our AEA systems become available, they'll actually fit. -Super Hornet is Mode 3 compatible, meaning fully-automated landing, so no more "Cat 5 launches". -Super Hornet comes close to the same combat radius as the Prowler (390nm vs. 420nm). -Because of the reduced requirements in personnel, spare parts, and equipment, you can have five Growlers in a VAQ instead of four Prowlers.