This collectable model represents the E-2C Hawkeye, an airborne early warning aircraft – a carrier based eyes of the fleet. A replacement for the E-1 Tracer, the Hawkeye has served since the early 1960s. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/48-scale model E-2 Hawkeye makes a great gift for any pilot, naval aviator, aviation enthusiast or history buff. In U.S. service, the E-2 Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning and command and control capabilities for all aircraft-carrier battle groups. Its other roles include sea and land surveillance, control of fighter planes for fleet air defense; control of attack planes on offensive missions; the control of search and rescue missions and for the relay of radio communications, air-to-air and ship-to-air. The E-1 Hawkeye – distinguished by the 24-foot rotating dome mounted on its fuselage – entered the fleet in 1964, with the E-2C variant entering service in 1973. The E-2C features upgraded radar systems and engines. Along with deep water missions, the E-2 fleet has served overland as command and control and early warning aircraft. No replacement has been set for the Hawkeye, and it continues to serve worldwide in the U.S. Navy and in a number of foreign military services.
From the Manufacturer
The E-2 Hawkeye is an aircraft carrier-based tactical Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft and is used for missions including surface surveillance coordination, strike and interceptor control, search and rescue guidance and communications relay. It was manufactured by Grumman Aerospace Corporation and Northrop Grumman. In 1964, after replacing the E-1, the Hawkeye has been the eyes of the fleet and has served the US Navy around the world. The E-2Cs has provided the command and control for successful operations during the Persian Gulf War. The original E-2C Hawkeye became operational in 1973 and has been through several upgrade programs since then. The E-2 aircraft served and have worked extremely effective with US law enforcement agencies in drug interdictions. During the late 1980s and the early 1990s, the E-2C Hawkeye has supported numerous naval engagements including the 1985 intercept of the aircraft containing the hijackers of the liner Achille Lauro. It has also participated in the strikes against Libya in 1986. The E-2C Hawkeye has a maximum speed of 374 mph and a range of 200 nauticla miles. It has a crew of five, including equipment operators. The primary users and operators of the E-2C Hawkeyes are the United States Navy, French Navy, Israeli Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.