VAQ 134 is an electronic warfare squadron based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The now retired aircraft, which was most recently part of the squadron, returned to the United States after being deployed aboard the Nimitz-class Supercarrier, USS George H.W. Bush, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “We received the aircraft on permanent loan from the Navy,” Broadhurst said. “The aircraft is going to be gutted and made into a display for the museum.”After the aircraft landed, it taxied under a water arch, which is a traditional farewell for retiring aircraft. The arch was provided by the Palm Springs Fire Department.The Navy EA-6B style aircraft is being replaced by the EA-18G ‘Growler,’ which is a variant of the F-18 style fixed-wing aircraft. The Marine Corps will still use the A-6 variants of the aircraft until a replacement is found. With the retirement of the last three aircraft, the Navy ends a chapter in aviation that was started more than 40 years ago and begins another chapter into the future with its new aircraft.