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.

Originally ordered as a PO-2W Warning Star it was re-designated WV-2-1049A-55-137 c/n 5506
BuNo. 145925 and delivered to the USN January 28, 1958. It was first assigned to VW-3, NAS
Agana, Guam as PM-4 but in 1960 transferred to VW-1 still at Agana but now as TE-11. In 1961
the aircraft was stored until September 1962 and converted to an NC-121K named Paisano Dos
(Friend Two) and assigned to OASU, NAS Patuxent River, MD to map the earth’s magnet field. It
was retired in 1973 and scrapped in 1976.

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)

Lockheed NC-121K Super
Project Magnet 145925, 1963
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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.