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The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications needed by commanders of U.S. and NATO air defense forces. As proven in Desert Storm, it is the premier air battle command and control aircraft in the world today. The E-3 Sentry is a modified Boeing 707/320 commercial airframe with a rotating radar dome. The dome is 30 feet (9.1 meters) in diameter, six feet (1.8 meters) thick, and is held 11 feet (3.3 meters) 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 (320 kilometers) for low-flying targets and farther for aerospace vehicles flying at medium to high altitudes. The radar combined with an identification friend or foe subsystem can look down to detect, identify and track enemy and friendly low-flying aircraft by eliminating ground clutter returns that confuse other radar systems. (U.S. Air Force photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: E-3B/C/G Sentry (AWACS)
The E-3B/C/G Sentry (AWACS)Manufacturer: Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed MartinFunction: AirborneBattle Management, Command And Control ervice Date: 1975Speed: 360 mphCrew: 17-23Production: 34Inventory: 32Commentary: Heavily modified Boeing 707-320B aircraft, fitted with an extensive complement of mission avionics providing all-weather air
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C-130 Hercules The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-130 Hercules
Manufacturer: LockheedFunction: TheaterTactical AirliftModified Functions:Tanker, Special Operations, Reconnaissance,Airborne Command Post, Special MissionService Date: 1956Speed: 366 mphCrew: FiveProduction: 2,200+ Inventory: 428Commentary: Basic and specialized versions of the C-130 Hercules transport operate throughout USAF, performing diverse
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C-40B/C Clipper The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-40B/C Clipper
Manufacturer: BoeingFunction: High-Priority Personnel TransportService Date: 2003Speed: 530 mphCrew: TenProduction: 19 Inventory: 11Commentary: Most common users of the C-40B are combatant commanders and members of the Cabinet and Congress. Communication is paramount, so aircraft is equipped with broadband data/video transmit/receive along with
0 8/19
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C-37A Gulfstream V The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-37A Gulfstream V
Manufacturer: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.Function: Special Air MissionsService Date: 1998Speed: 600 mphCrew: FiveProduction: 191 Inventory: 9Commentary: Capable of cruise operations from 41,000 to51,000 feet. Includes enhanced weather radar, autopilot andultra-modern heads up display. Equipped with bothcommercial and military communications
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C-32 The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-32
Manufacturer: Boeing CompanyFunction: High-Priority Personnel TransportService Date: 1998Speed: 530 mphCrew: 16Production: 6 Inventory: 4Commentary: Primary user of this aircraft is the vice president, using the callsign “Air ForceTwo.” Aircraft includes a communications center, galley, fully-enclosed stateroom, and a conference and staff facility.
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The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-21A The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-21A
Manufacturer: Learjet Inc.Function: Passenger AirliftService Date: 1984Speed: 530 mphCrew: TwoProduction: 738 Inventory: 55Commentary: In January 2007, Program Budget Decision number 720 reduced C-21 operations to 40 aircraft. AMCdissolved C-21 operations at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. US Air Forces in Europe was reduced from 13 to 10, Pacific Air
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The C-20A/B, the military version of the Gulfstream III, was selected in June 1983 as the replacement aircraft for the C-140B Jetstar. (U.S. Air Force photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-20 Gulfstream III
Manufacturer: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.Function: Special Air & Operational Support AirliftService Date: 1992Speed: 576 mphCrew: FiveProduction: 10Inventory: C-20B; 5 C-20H; 2Primarily used to fill the airlift mission for high-ranking government and DOD officials. Worldwide secure and non-secure passenger communication capability exists on both
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More than 1,000 young adults with appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy lined up near Doolittle Hall June 30, 2016, at the Academy to report for Basic Cadet Training. Basic Cadet Training is a six-week mental and physical training program designed to introduce cadet trainees to military life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jason Gutierrez) ) ‘Tip of the iceberg’: 1,168 start Basic Cadet Training
More than 1,100 young adults said goodbye to their parents and families June 30 and took their first military steps toward becoming commissioned officers.  In all, 1,168 appointees to the Air Force Academy were scheduled to begin Basic Cadet Training, a rigorous six-week mental and physical training program designed to introduce them to military
0 7/06
2016
The C-17A Globemaster III. (Courtesy photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-17A Globemaster III
Manufacturer: BoeingFunction: Cargo and Troop TransportService Date: 1993Speed: 518 mphCrew: ThreeProduction: 223 (planned) Inventory: 213Commentary: The first C-17 operational strategic brigade airdrop occurred in March 2003, when a formation of 15 aircraft delivered a US Army brigade, complete with equipment, directly into northern Iraq. 
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A Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy test aircraft takes of from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (Courtesy photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-5A/B/C/M Galaxy
Manufacturer: LockheedFunction: Outsize cargo transportService Date: 1970Crew: SevenSpeed: 518 mphProduction: 131Inventory: 94Commentary: The C-5 is the USAF’s largest transport aircraft. The C-5 is capable of carrying two M1 Abrams battle tanks, six Apache helicopters, or a quarter million pounds of relief supplies. The USAF is upgrading the fleet
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