1/200 Scale Boeing E-3A Sentry AEW&C Diecast Model LX-N90458, NATO Flying Squadron 1, 2017 NATO “Tiger Meet”
French naval base of Landivisiau, Bretagne, 2017.
- Wingspan 22.2 cm 8.74 in Approx.
- Length 23.3 cm 9.17 in Approx.
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Undercarriage fixed extended.
- Display stand included.
Inflight200 IFE3TIGER001 – 1/200 Scale E-3A Sentry AEW&C Diecast Model.
Inflight200 IFE3TIGER001 is a 1/200 scale diecast model of a Boeing E-3A Sentry AEW&C. In the colour scheme and markings worn by Nato Flying Squadron 1’s, E-3A s/n LX-N90458 at the 2017 NATO Tiger Meet. Held at the French naval base of Landivisiau, Bretagne between June 05 and 16.
Nato took delivery of E-3A Sentry, s/n LX-N90458, MSN 22853/970 on March 18, 1985, as part of the airborne early warning force. The aircraft is powered by the Pratt and Whitney TF-33-PW-100/100A turbofan.
NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force.
The Airborne Early Warning & Control Force (NAEW&CF) established in January 1980, is NATO’s largest commonly funded acquisition program. Flying operations began in February 1982 and declared operational on June 28, 1982. Command Headquarters is located with Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium. Commanded by a US Air Force or German Air Force Major General on a rotational basis. The Deputy Commander is always an RAF Air Commodore. Today, NAEW&CF consists of two operational elements, NATO E-3A Component, based at Geilenkirchen, Germany and No. 8 Squadron RAF, based at RAF Waddington, UK. NATO E-3A Component’s aircraft are officially registered as aircraft of Luxembourg. Aircrews from 15 different nations are assigned to the NATO Component’s two operational E-3A squadrons, Flying Squadron 1 and Flying Squadron 2.
Boeing E-3 Sentry.
The Boeing E-3 Sentry is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft based on the Boeing 707-320B. The E-3’s role is airborne surveillance, command, control and communications. It provides accurate, real-time all-altitude and all-weather surveillance of the battlespace. The first prototype designated as the EC-137D flew for the first time on February 9, 1972, and the first production aircraft on May 25, 1976. Delivery commenced in March 1977, to the 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing, USAF, replacing the EC-121 Warning Star.
Sixty-eight E-3s were manufactured between 1977 and 1992 when product ended. Thirty-four went to the USAF, eighteen to Nato, seven to the United Kingdom, France four and Saudi Arabia five. Over time the aircraft has undergone numerous upgrades.
The E-3 Sentry’s airframe is a modified Boeing 707-320B with a large, rotating dome containing the main radar and stronger hydraulics to drive the dome. Other changes include single-point ground refuelling, in-flight refuelling probe and a bail-out tunnel. Flight crew consists of the aircraft commander, pilot, navigator and flight engineer. Along with a mission crew of 13 to 19 depending on the mission.
The dome is 9.1 m (30 ft) in diameter, 1.8 m (6 ft) thick, mounted 3.33 m (11 ft) above the fuselage on two fins and houses the Westinghouse N/APY-1 and AN/APY-2 passive electronically scanned array radar system. It rotates at six rpm when operating and four rpm when not. The systems allow surveillance from the Earth’s surface, land or water up to the stratosphere, over a range of more than 375.5 km (250 mi). Other subsystems included the AN/APX-103 interrogator, civil and military identification friend or foe (IFF). Data supplied included IFF status, range, azimuth, elevation and code identification. The radar, IFF and computer subsystems together allow the identification, position and tracking information of aircraft and ships.
The USAF started the “Block 30/35 Modification Program” in 1987. This involved the installation of Electronic Support Measures(ESM), electronic surveillance capability. With Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). Along with upgraded computers to handle the new systems. Between 1996 to 2006 the radar system underwent a major upgrade. The Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) extended the capability of the radar against small targets, cruise missiles and electronic countermeasures. In November 2006, NATO began the installation of the AN/AAQ-24 large aircraft infrared countermeasures (LAIRCM) system to their fleet. The USAF and NATO began a flight deck modernization program in 2009, called DRAGON (DMS Replacement of Avionics for Global Operation and Navigation). This saw most of the avionics replaced with modern digital equipment.
USA and NATO aircraft use four Pratt and Whitney TF-33-PW-100/100A turbofans. Saudi Arabia’s, UK’s and France’s aircraft use four CFM International CFM-56-2A-2/3 turbofans. These more powerful and efficient CFM-56 engines allowed higher altitudes, extending the reach of radar surveillance and a range of 14,800 km (9,206 mi) or 11 hours.
- Maximun Takeoff Weight: 157,397 kg (347,000 lb).
- Cruise Speed: Mach 0.48 or 579 km/h (360 mph).
- Maximum speed: 0.70 or 853 km/h (530 mph).
- Range: 7,400 km (4,603 mi).
- Endurance: 8 hr.
- Service ceiling: Above 8,839m (29,000 ft).
Inflight200 IFE3TIGER001 -1/200 Scale Boeing E-3A Sentry AEW&C Diecast Model Aircraft of LX-N90458, NATO Flying Squadron 1, 2017 NATO “Tiger Meet”.