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Tucson, Arizona
United States


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1980 Boeing E3 B Model (E3 AWACS)

Last updated Oct 14, 2008  

Photo of a 1980 Boeing E3 B Model (E3 AWACS)

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This was my Aircraft when I was assigned as a Flying Crew Chief in the Air Force. I was responsible for all of the day to day Maintenance and Inspections on it. Any time that it would leave home station I would fly with it and provide maintenance support from there. I had a crew of five junior mechanics that worked with me. I flew all over the world with this aircraft and enjoyed the comradery of some of the best mechanics in the U.S. Air Force


Primary Function Airborne surveillance, command, control and communications
Contractors Prime: Boeing Aerospace Co.
Radar: Northrop Grumman
Power Plant Four Pratt and Whitney TF33-PW-100A turbofan engines
Thrust 21,000 pounds each engine
Length 145 feet, 6 inches (44 meters)
Wingspan 130 feet, 10 inches (39.7 meters)
Height 41 feet, 4 inches (12.5 meters)
Rotodome 30 feet in diameter (9.1 meters), 6 feet thick (1.8 meters), mounted 11 feet (3.33 meters) above fuselage
Speed Optimum cruise 360 mph (Mach 0.48)
Ceiling Above 29,000 feet (8,788 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 347,000 pounds (156,150 kilograms)
Endurance More than 8 hours (unrefueled)
Unit Cost Approximately $270 million
Crew Flight crew of four plus mission crew of 13-19 specialists (mission crew size varies according to mission)
Date Deployed March 1977
Inventory Active force, 33; Reserve, 0; Guard, 0


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