Veteran Cherry Point pilot gets one last flight, sort of


John Metrock is a Vietnam veteran who got to take one last flight in a EA-6B Prowler simulator at Cherry Point.

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM.

More than 40 years ago, Jack Metrock took his last ride in an EA-6A Intruder as he headed back from Vietnam.

The 69-year-old retired Marine got another flight, of sorts, last week when he took a ride in an EA-6B Prowler simulator at his old home base at Cherry Point.

Metrock was an electronic countermeasures officer with Marine Composite Reconnaissance Squadron 1 and had been trained at Cherry Point at VMCJ-2. His training then and the training today’s pilots receive is worlds apart, he said.

“There is just no comparison,” Metrock said after piloting a simulator flight from Cherry Point. “We didn’t have any simulators. We had just a stock A-6 cockpit, and we just learned the switches. This is something.”

Metrock said technicians would remove units from the cockpit and teach pilots the operations.

“They would take the boxes out and put them on a workbench and teach you how to use it,” he said.

Part of the job of an ECMO was to detect and identify the unique sound of a particular type of radar.

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