Boeing E-3 Sentry airborne warning control aircraft - U.S. Airmen with the 964th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron prepare an E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft for a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Nov. 26, 2010, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The E-3s long-range radar and other systems provide accurate, real-time information to the Joint Air Operations Center.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Harris / Released) Photographer's Name: SSgt Eric HarrisLocation: unknown Date Shot: 11/26/2010Date Posted: 12/20/2010VIRIN: 101126-F-RM405-224.
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The E-3 Sentry is a modified Boeing 707/320 commercial airframe with a rotating radar dome. The dome is 30 feet in diameter, 6 feet thick and is held 11 feet above the fuselage by two struts. It contains a radar subsystem that permits surveillance from the Earth's surface up into the stratosphere, over land or water. The radar has a range of more than 200 miles for low-flying targets and farther for aerospace vehicles flying at medium to high altitudes. (Courtesy photo)