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.

VW-13 (Airborne Early Warning Squadron 13) was commissioned September 1, 1955 at NAS
Patuxent River, Maryland but decommissioned in 1957 and on June 3 1958 VW-13 was re-
commissioned. Though home base was NAS Paxtuxent River VW-13 was deployed to Argentia,
Newfoundland flying the Atlantic Barrier along with VW-11 and VW-15. The Atlantic Barrier
provided radar coverage to detect non authorized flights from entering North American airspace.
On June 30, 1961 VW-13 was permanently deployed to Argentia. In August 1961 VW-13
deployed to Iceland and eventually did ship surveillance until decommissioning on July 30, 1965.

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)

WV-2 (EC-121P) Bu No 141325,
VW-13, 1960
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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.