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Boeing E-3D AEW1

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22nd March 2016
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Aircraft Data

The Boeing E-3 Sentry is a Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) roles include air and sea surveillance, airborne command and control, weapons control and it can also operate as an extensive communications platform.

The normal crew complement of 18 comprises four flight-deck crew, three technicians and an 11-man mission crew.

Summary data for Boeing E-3 Sentry -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United States197668664n/a


4 x CFM CFM56 (18500 - 34000 lbf) or Pratt & Whitney TF30 (10750 - 20900 lbf) turbofan engines.

USAF & NATO aircraft use the Pratt and Whitney TF33-PW-100A turbofan. The Royal Air Force, French Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force all use the CFM International CFM56 turbofan engines.


Dimensions for Boeing E-3 Sentry -
Length152 ft. 11 in.
Wing Span145 ft. 9 in.
Height41 ft. 9 in.
Empty Weight162,000 lbs.
Max Weight347,000 lbs.


Performance of Boeing E-3 Sentry -
Max Speed530 mph
Cruise Speed500 mph
Ceiling43,000 ft.
Normal Range4,000nm
Max Range5,000nm

Updated 17th February 2009

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