February 24th, 2020

Navy ‘Prowlers’ May 2006

The Grumman EA-6B was a four-seat electronic countermeasures aircraft flown out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station for many years. I shot this photo before a Cessna flight with a civilian instructor associated with non-Navy operations at a facility adjacent to the Oak Harbor base. The civilian group has since relocated to Bayview Airport in Skagit County. The EA-6B was withdrawn from U.S. Navy service in 2015.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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