AWACS E-3 Sentry
The AWACS aircraft is a modified Boeing 707/320 commercial airframe with a rotating radar dome. The dome is 30 feet in diameter, six feet thick, and is held 11 feet above the fuselage by two struts. It contains a radar subsystem that permits surveillance from the Earth's surface up into the stratosphere, over land or water The radar has a range of more than 200 miles for low-flying targets and farther for aerospace vehicles flying at medium to high altitudes. The radar combined with an identification friend or foe subsystem can look down to detect, identify and track enemy and friendly low-flying aircraft by eliminating ground clutter returns that confuse other radar systems.

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)
INVENTORY Active force, 33; Reserve, 0; Guard, 0
LOSSES An E-3 crashed 22 Sep 1995 in Alaska, reducing the US fleet by one.

C130 Hercules
During the 1950s the versatile Lockheed C-130 Hercules was originally designed as an assault transport but was adapted for a variety of missions, including: special operations (low-level and attack), close air support and air interdiction, mid-air space capsule recovery, search and rescue (SAR), aerial refueling of helicopters, weather mapping and reconnaissance, electronic surveillance, fire fighting, aerial spraying, Arctic/Antarctic ice resupply and natural disaster relief missions.
Currently, the Hercules primarily performs the intratheater portion of the tactical airlift mission. This medium-range aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for paratroop and equipment drops into hostile areas.

UNOFFICIAL NICKNAMES Herk, Herky Bird, Slick, Fat Albert
PRIMARY ROLE Intratheater tactical airlift
ORIGINAL CONTRACTOR Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co.
OPERATOR Over 60 nations worldwide, including the United States
WINGSPAN 132 feet, 7 inches (40.4m)
LENGTH 97 feet, 9 inches (29.7m)
HEIGHT AT TAIL 38 feet, 3 inches (11.6m)
CARGO HOLD LENGTH: 52 feet (15.8m); WIDTH: 10 feet, 3 inches (3.1m); HEIGHT: 9 feet (2.7m)
ENGINES Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops
HORSEPOWER 4,300 shp per engine
CRUISE SPEED 374 mph (602km/h; Mach 0.5)
RANGE 2,047 nm (3,791km) with max payload; 4,522 nm (8,375km) empty
SERVICE CEILING 33,000 feet (10,058m)
OPERATING WEIGHT 83,000 pounds (37,648kg)
FUEL CAPACITY 60,000 pounds (27,216kg)

45,000 pounds (20,412kg)

NUMBER OF 463L PALLETS Five, plus a baggage pallet on the ramp
MAX TAKEOFF WEIGHT 155,000 pounds (70,307kg)
BASIC CREW Five (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, flight engineer, loadmaster)
TOTAL IN SERVICE Over 2,100 aircraft worldwide


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