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User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

I was driving down the service road on KBFI the other day and I noticed that there was an AWACS aircraft in the Boeing hanger on the north end of the field, Is this one of Japan's 767 AWACS? I am thinking this because it apeared to be larger than the 707 based airframes.

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User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Well Japan has four of the E-767s with the same internal systems (for the most part) as US E-3Cs, to include the AN/APY-2. THe AWACS test office is in Seattle and JASDF uses virtually the same contract as the US/UK/Saudi for E-3 Test mods at Boeing. I'd guess that is why it was there-it happens time to time. YOu will see a lot more US E-3s with the new E-3G coming online in the next few years.

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, UFOs are real, the Air Force doesn't exist


User currently onlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2310 times:


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It could have been 73-1674 the Boeing test ship that is managed by AFMC



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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 2):
It could have been 73-1674 the Boeing test ship that is managed by AFMC

When I spotted at BFI this ship was ALWAYS around somewhere...  Smile


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

Yeah I've got some friends on the test bird,and I've been on it once (good stuff), but the guy said 767 so I am still guessing it is part of the AWACS test/upgrade office at Boeing which does include the internal systems for the E-767.

Did you see the rising sun or Bat on the tail?

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Hermano bebe, que la vida es breve


User currently offlineCheshire From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Quoting Lt-AWACS (Reply 1):
with the new E-3G coming online in the next few years.

What upgrades are planned for this model? And will NATO follow suit and similarly upgrade its E-3s to 'G' specs?

Cheers


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

Well unclass info on the E-3G is still somewhat in-the-dark i.e. not for me to make available on here  Smile but the G is getting another scope, cockpit improvements, newer and rearranged internal cabinets and some other stuff for the block 40 upgrade. Look for ops around 2010. Also it will just be "G" as all US E-3Bs and E-3Cs will be upgraded to the same standard from the current block 30/35. I think eventually NATO will follow suit, though first NATO is going to put in the extra rear bank of consoles that the US currently has.

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, King of Belize, Viceroy of Texas, Protector of the Faith


User currently onlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

But the E-3G will still have those damn Tf-33-pw-100a's maintenance intestive hogs.


I would help you but it is not in the contract
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

True, but we have 100s in coffins all over Tinker alone  Smile

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Texas-It's bigger than France


User currently offlineBully707 From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1038 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
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E-3G ???

That sure looks strange....almost like having a big band-aid around the fuselage....  Wink  Wink

About time I go to GK again to get some more intel on this.... listen 

Godspeed

Bernd



"That's the good thing about the 707...it can do anything, but read!" Joe Patroni, Airport '70
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12181 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

The USAF E-3B/C has got to be getting up there in flying hours? What is the fleet average now?

User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

I don't have the numbers in front of me at the moment, but it is VERY high.

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Wash, rinse, repeat


User currently onlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

When I left in 03 they ranged about 15000 to 20000 flt hours, the ones with the best radars have the most because most scheduling was based good and bad performers, if the the plane was known as a radar pig it usally wasn't picked to be flown. When MX stopped being dictated by op's which acft to fly we got a better handle on scheduling.


I would help you but it is not in the contract
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