Designed and developed during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s by the Grumman Aircraft Company for the United States Navy, the Hawkeye twin-turboprop plane has two incredible distinctions: it’s the first aircraft designed specifically for its role, as opposed to a modification of an existing air frame, and with continuous production since 1960, it’s the longest production run of any carrier-based aircraft. Given the extraordinary history of aviation in the U.S., these aren’t small details.
Designed to be an airborne early warning and control platform, the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye is a twin-turboprop plane that has advanced radar and surveillance capabilities which allow it to detect enemy aircraft and missile activity, and communicate these threats to friendly aircraft and land forces. This video contains multiple clips of the E-2C Hawkeye, the third upgraded version of the Hawkeye, during land based refueling, and launch/landing aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. A truly marvel of American creativity and ingenuity.
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