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Boeing E-3 Sentry (AWACS)
Official Designation E-3 Sentry
Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS)
Primary Role Airborne surveillance, command, control and communications
National Origin USA
Original Contractor Boeing Aerospace Company
Operator United States Air Force
Wingspan 130 feet, 10 inches (39.7m)
Length 145 feet, 6 inches (44m)
Height at Tail 41 feet, 4 inches (12.5m)
Rotodome Diameter: 30 feet (9.1m);
Thickness: 6 feet (1.8m);
Height above fuselage: 11 feet (3.33m)
Armament None
Engines Four Pratt and Whitney TF33-PW-100A turbofans
Thrust 21,000 pounds (9,450kg) each engine
Cruise Speed 360 mph (Mach 0.48)
Max Speed Unknown
Endurance More than 8 hours (unrefueled)
Service Ceiling Above 29,000 feet (8,788m)
Operating Weight Unknown
Max Takeoff Weight 347,000 pounds (156,150kg)
Basic Crew Four flight crew plus mission crew of 13-19 specialists
Date Deployed March 1977
Total in Service 33 aircraft
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