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E-2 C Hawkeye #RL0132
E-2 C Hawkeye
Military Aircraft
Revell / Germany

  Grumman, (now Northrop Grumman) has long been associated with airborne early warning (AEW) for United States Navy carrier borne operations.  Unlike its predecessor the Grumman E-1 Tracer, the E-2 Hawkeye was designed from the start as an AEW aircraft.  The design of the Hawkeye resulted by the successful blend of a number of conflicting requirements including the following: 1) An airframe strong enough to carry a large dorsal mounted 360 degree sweep Radom; 2) Long range and endurance; 3) Low approach speeds for carrier operations and 4) Need to fit on carrier decks and lifts for hanger storage below decks.  First flown on October 21, 1960, the E-2A Hawkeye began entering service in 1964 with most of these aircraft later in the 1960s being upgraded to the more capable E-2B variant.  In the early 1970s, the E-2C, which is the subject of this scaled model, was developed.  Its longer nose easily distinguishes the E-2C variant externally.  The E-2C has subsequently been upgraded with newer avionics and the more powerful Lockheed Martin APS-145 ARPS (Advanced Radar Processing System), which allows the Hawkeye to detect aircraft and missile threats at ranges up to 300 miles while flying at 30,000 feet.  As the “eyes and ears” of the fleet, the Hawkeye has an indispensable role as part of worldwide United States Navy operations.  Hawkeye’s also serve with the air arms of Egypt, France, Israel, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.  Powered by two 5,100 horsepower Allison T56-A-427 turboprop engines, the E-2 C has a top speed of 389 mph.  This E-2 C Hawkeye scaled model includes authentic marks for the following three aircraft: 1) VAW-121 “Bluetails”, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVW-7), U.S. Navy, June 1990; 2) VAW-117 “Wallbangers”, USS Carl Vinson (CVW-11), U.S. Navy, July 2000 and 3) 4 Flotille, Aeronavale Francaise, Lorient, France, 2004.  Other features of this E-2 C Hawkeye scaled model are as follows: 1) Clear plastic one piece cockpit “glass” area; 2) Clear plastic optical lens; 3) Detailed cockpit; 4) Molded in medium gray colored plastic; 5) Recessed panel lines; 6) Spinning propellers; 7) Spinning radom; 8) Painting guide and 9) Illustrated assembly instructions.  The box is in new condition.  Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions inventoried. 


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