Mastercraft Collection: E-3A Sentry..
Wingspan: 11.5 inches
Length: 12 inches
The E-3 Sentry is an aircraft developed by Boeing, which was roughly based on the design of the Boeing 707. It was the resulting design of the prototype EC-137 that released in the late 1960s. The first E-3 was flown in October 1975, and official production of the aircraft began in 1977. One unique aspect of the E-3 was that it was specifically designed as an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C). This meant that the plane was to provide all-weather surveillance, command, and communication for the squadron it will be part of. The E-3A, in particular, was the variant primarily used by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Serving as a support aircraft for the NATO Air Force, about eighteen units of the plane were officially registered to Luxembourg. Powered by the TF33 engine, the E-3A Sentry was equipped with the reliable AN/APY-1radar. This variant eventually became the basis for the E-3B, the KE-3A (which served the Saudi Arabia Air Force), and theJE-3C. As of today, 17 E-3As still serve the NATO and are based at the Geilenkirche Air Base.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!