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BOEING E-3 Sentry

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Name E-3 Sentry
Manufacturer BOEING
Body Wide
Wing Fixed Wing
WTC Heavy
Type code L4J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

BOEING E-3A (TF33) Sentry
BOEING JE-3 Sentry
BOEING E-3C Sentry
BOEING E-3B Sentry
BOEING Sentry (TF33)

BOEING E-3 Sentry

BOEING E-3 Sentry BOEING E-3 Sentry 3D


Airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. In service since 1977. Based on BOEINGs 707-320 airframe. Developed as replacement for LOCKHEED Super Constellation based EC-121 Warning Star. Operational radius for 10 hour patrol without refuelling. Upgraded to E-3B with limited maritime surveillance capability and ECM resistant communication equipment. Later upgraded to E-3C with more operation consoles operated by USA and NATO.

Technical Data

Wing span 44.4 m145.669 ft <br />
Length 46.6 m152.887 ft <br />
Height 12.7 m41.667 ft <br />
Powerplant 4 x 93.4 kN Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-100 turbofans.
Engine model

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 478 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 2500 m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH 0.83 ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance 1100 m
MTOW 151900151,900 kg <br />151.9 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL410 ROD ft/min APC D
WTC H Range 50005,000 nm <br />9,260,000 m <br />9,260 km <br />30,380,577.45 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving E3TF

None on SKYbrary