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E-3 Sentry AWACS—controlling hostile airspace

29 September 2016
030218-F-3961R-010 Korat Air Base, Thailand (Feb. 18, 2003) -- A U.S. Air Force E-3 “Sentry,” the premiere air battle command and control aircraft in the world today, in flight during Cope Tiger 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual joint/combined air-to-air, air-to-ground, and large force employment training exercise designed to maintain regional peace and security in the Asian Pacific region by enhancing multi-lateral relationships between the Royal Thai Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Marine Corp. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr. (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry, the premiere air battle command and control aircraft in the world today, in flight—U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr.

 

An E-3 Sentry lands at Lajes Field, Azores, April 11, 2011, before continuing on its mission. The E-3 often referred to as the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), received more than 2,000 gallons of jet fuel before departing Lajes for its mission downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chyrece Campbell/Released)

An E-3 Sentry at Lajes Field, Azores in April 2011. Often referred to as the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) each Sentry can remain aloft 8 to 11 hours before in-flight refueling is required in order to control the airspace over a battlefield—U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Chyrece Campbell

Maintenance Airmen prepare an E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control systems aircraft for takeoff while an F-15C Eagle flies by Jan. 5, 2012. The E-3 is deployed to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. An E-3 crew from Kadena Air Base, Japan, coordinated the rescue of a crashed AH-64 Apache helicopter crew in Afghanistan Dec. 30, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Arian Nead)

An E-3 Sentry being serviced—U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Arian Nead

An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System flies during the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 29. The E-3 was part of the 3rd Wing flyby, which demonstrated all the aircraft operated by the 3rd Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Percy G. Jones)

An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System in flight (note the radome as well as forward fuselage bulges for additional radar systems—U.S. Air Force photo by Percy G. Jones

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