First flown in late 1960, the Hawkeye was designed to provide AEW (airborne early warning) for the US Navy’s carriers. By 1968, the E-2 was equipped with Doppler Radar and has been the “Eye in the sky” for the Navy for more than thirty years.

This all-weather, carrier-based platform features a 24 foot radome that revolves at six RPM and retracts 24” for carrier stowage.
The three system operator crewmen with highly specialized electronic equipment can simultaneously search, identify and track more than six million cubic miles of airspace and hundreds of targets.

The E-2C can also provide strike and traffic control, search and rescue guidance, navigation assistance and automatic digital communications relay.

In 1999, The US Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $1.3 billion dollar contract to build 21 E-2C Hawkeye 2000’s. An additional $1.9 billion was given in 2003 for system development and demonstration (SDD) of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, which is expected to enter service by 2011.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
Own United States Starfighter Hangar
PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Patrol, Search & Rescue Steel Early Jets
1945 – 1975
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Grumman
First Produced: 1971
Number Built: More than 140 C models, still in production
Armament: None

Acquired by Yanks in January 2001.

Wingspan: 80’7”
Wing Area: 700 sq ft
Length: 57’6.75”
Height: 18’3.75”
Empty Weight: 38,009 lbs
Gross Weight: 51,900 lbs
Powerplant: (2) Allison T56-A-425
Thrust:
Cruise Speed: 310 mph
Maximum Speed: 374 mph
Range: 1,605 miles
Delivered: January 18, 1989

Sept 12, 1990 – VAW-78 NAS Norfolk
Feb 28, 1991 – VAW-110 NAS Miramar
June 9, 1992 – VAW-110 NAS North Island
Nov 19, 1993 – VAW-110 NAS Miramar
Mar 10, 1994 – VAW-115 USS Independence
Aug 24, 1995 – VAW-115 NAF Atsugi, Japan
Nov 18, 1995 – VAW-115 USS Independence
Aug 26, 1996 – VAW-115 NAF Atsugi, Japan
Aug 27, 1998 – VAW-115 USS Independence