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Grumman E-2C Hawkeye Military Aircraft

The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye was the first aircraft to be purpose designed for the all-weather airborne early warning and command and control functions for the US Navy, previous aircraft being adaptations of exiting aircraft. The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye first flew in 1961 and replaced the US Navy's E-1's in 1964, it was first used in an active role in the Vietnam conflict where it was quite literally "the eyes and ears of the fleet". The most notable feature of the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is it's 24-foot revolving radar dish which rotates six times every minute.

Grumman E-2C Hawkeye Military Aircraft

 

The best known version of the Hawkeye is the E-2C which entered service in 1973 which can detect targets and threats within a three million cubic mile area. The Aircraft pictured above is a Grumman E-2b Hawkeye, the last of which was retired from active service in the mid 1990's. The Hawkeye has successfully been used in various roles including, search and rescue guidance, strike and interceptor control, surveillance coordination and as a communications relay platform, although most Hawkeyes are in service with the US Navy they are also used by many other Military Forces including both the French Navy and Israeli Air Force.

Grumman E-2 Hawkeye Specifications:

  • Crew: Two pilots, combat information centre officer, a control officer and a radar operator
  • Length: 57 ft 7 in (17.56 m)
  • Wingspan: 80 ft 7 in (24.58 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 4 in (5.58 m)
  • Wing area: 700 ft (65 m)
  • Max takeoff weight: 55,000 lb (23,391 kg)
  • Engines: Twin 5100 hp (3,800 kW) Allison T56-A-425 or -427 turboprops
  • Maximum speed: 374 mph (602 km/h)
  • Range: 1,605 mi (2,583 km)
  • Service ceiling: 30,800 ft (9,390 m)
 

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