NATO Awacs aircraft information

The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications needed by commanders of U.S. and NATO air defense forces. As proven in Desert Storm, it is the premier air battle command and control aircraft in the world today. The E-3 Sentry is a modified Boeing 707/320 commercial airframe with a rotating radardome. The dome is 30 feet (9.1 meters) in diameter, six feet (1.8 meters) thick, and is held 11 feet (3.3 meters) 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 (320 kilometers) 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.
E-3A Taxiing
Callsigns NATO E-3A Awacs-planes : 

22855LX-N90442E-3ANATO AEWF     Got repainted early 1999 (50th anniversary NATO)        
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22838LX-N90443E-3ANATO AEWF     Got repainted early 2007 (25th anniversary GK AB)     
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22839LX-N90444E-3ANATO AEWF             

22840LX-N90445E-3ANATO AEWF             

22841LX-N90446E-3ANATO AEWF             

22842LX-N90447E-3ANATO AEWF     Made an Emergency-approach on 04-08-1999     
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22843LX-N90448E-3ANATO AEWF             

22844LX-N90449E-3ANATO AEWF             

22845LX-N90450E-3ANATO AEWF

22846LX-N90451E-3ANATO AEWF             

22847LX-N90452E-3ANATO AEWF             

22848LX-N90453E-3ANATO AEWF             

22849LX-N90454E-3ANATO AEWF             

22850LX-N90455E-3ANATO AEWF             

22851LX-N90456E-3ANATO AEWF             

22852LX-N90457E-3ANATO AEWF     Crashed on 14-07-1996 and went out of service     
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22853LX-N90458E-3ANATO AEWF             

22854LX-N90459E-3ANATO AEWF          

Callsigns NATO TCA-planes :     

LX-N19997 (cn: 19997/747)  


Out of service


LX-N20000 (cn: 20000/759)  
 Naples - Capodichino (NAP / LIRN)  Italy, September 22, 1998  Photo © Giorgio Adamo


Out of service


LX-N20198 (cn: 20198/813)  


Out of service






NATO E-3a (AWACS)    
Builder: Boeing Aerospace Co.  
Power Plant: Four Pratt and Whitney TF-33-PW-100A turbofan  
Thrust: 21,000 pounds (9,450 kilograms) 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 the  
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 11 hours (unrefueled)  
Unit Cost: Approximately $270 million (€200 million)  
Crew: Flight crew of four plus mission crew of 13-19  
  specialists (varies according to mission)  
Date Deployed: March 1977  
Inventory (NATO): 18 (17 since 14-07-1996 due to a crash * )  
Miscellaneous Information:
  All TCA- and AWACS-planes
  are flying under the
  Luxembourg flag.
  (Right) The Luxembourg
  flag as painted on the tails
  and wings of the planes.
Airframe: Modified Boeing 707-320B  
Flight time: 8.5 hours unrefueled/22.0 hours refueled  
System: System operational 1.0 hours after take off  
Operating Altitude: 29,000 to 31,000 feet  
Standard crew size: 19 to 25 members  
Radar: Pulse Doppler with 200+ NM detection  
  360 degree coverage  
Communications: VHF, UHF, HF, SATCOM, Datalink  

Builder: Boeing Aerospace Co.  
  Nato's Trainer Cargo Aircraft - known as TCA is a modified Boeing 707 - 320C. The pilot's station is almost identical to the E-3A. The aircraft is capable of conducting air-refueling, but cannot be refueled in the air for extended flying. The aircraft can be quickly changed from all passenger to all cargo configuration but is usually operating in a combined configuration, carrying both cargo and passengers.




Primary function: Pilot training, Passenger and Cargo transport  
Power Plant: Four Pratt and Whitney JT-3D-7 turbofan  
Thrust: 19,000 pounds (8,837 kilograms) 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)  
Speed: 600 mph (Mach 0.48) 966 Km/h  
operational altitude: Above 30,000 feet (9,150 meters)  
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 336,000 pounds (152,727 kilograms)  
Endurance: More than 12 hours (unrefueled)  
Fuel capacity: 89,610 Liters / 70,371 Kg  
Crew: 2 Pilots, 1 Flightengineer  
Location: Main Operating Base Geilenkirchen  
Inventory (NATO): 3