In 1954 the Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star was introduced and operated until 1978. These
aircraft were used as airborne early warning radar surveillance to work in conjunction with the
DEW Line (Distant Early Warning) Line. The USAF used these aircraft in Vietnam as electronic
sensor monitors and to detect enemy aircraft activity as well as a few other operations. These
aircraft were the forerunners to today’s E-3 Sentry AWACS. The USAF aircrews used the
nickname “Connies”, a play on the word Constellation.

In April 1965 as the build up in SEA continued the 552nd AEW&CW (Airborne Early Warning and
Control Wing) was deployed to assist in operations against the North Vietnamese. This portion of
the operation was called the Big Eye Force but would later be changed to College Eye Task
Force. On October 24, 1967 EC-121D AF serial 53-0555 (nicknamed Triple Nickel) became the
first airborne radar aircraft to guide an F-4C to a successful kill of a MiG-21 and is on display at
Wright Patterson AF in Dayton Ohio.

Specification for the Lockheed EC-121D or USN designation WV-2
Name – Warning Star
Crew – 6 x flight crew and 11 – 25 radar crew

Length – 116 ft 2 in  (35.4 m)
Wingspan – 126 ft 2 in  (38.45 m)
Height – 24 ft 9 in  (7.54 m)

Empty – 69,210 lb  (31,387 kg)
Maximum Take-off – 143,000 lb  (65,000 kg)

Power Plant - 4 x Wright R-3350-34 Turbo Compound 18-cylinder supercharged radial engines
developing 3,400 hp  (2,536 kW) each
Maximum Speed – 299 mpg  (260 kt, 481 km/h)
Cruise – 255 mph  (222 kt, 410 km/h)
Range – 4,250 mi  (3,700 nm, 6,843 km)
Service Ceiling – 25,000 ft  (7,620 m)
ROC – 8960 ft/min  (4.87 m/s)

EC-121D Warning Star
AF Serial No. 53-0555, Det 1. 552nd
AEWCW, Korat RTAB, 1967
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Free-spinning propellers.
Most models have rolling wheels.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.