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posted by Dave on Sep 24

The is the U.S. Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane on display at Wings over the Pacific at Hickam Air Force Base.  Normally based in Alaska it was flown in for the open house.  It is essentially a Boeing 707-320B plane modified with a rotating radio dome, single-point ground and air refueling points and a bail-out chute.  Designed to collect data with its real time radar and computer systems as it occurs and provide information to ground control.  It is also used for interdiction, reconnaissance, airlifts and as air support for friendly ground forces.  Don’t miss tomorrow as we look at the F22 Raptor.

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