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HA4818 Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye 165648, VAW-113 "Black Eagles",
June 2006

The Northrop E-2 Hawkeye is an all-weather airborne early warning aircraft (AEW). The E-2 was a twin-turboprop developed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s for the USN. The E-2 is a carrier-capable aircraft and has received major upgrades in their electronics for the E-2B and E-2C with the E-2C also receiving improved turbo-prop engines. The E-2 has been in production since the 1960’s making it the longest production run of any carrier based aircraft. The E-2C variant became operational in 1973.

VAW-113 “Black Eagles” is an Airborne Command & Control Squadron that was established on April 20 1967 and equipped with the E-2A Hawkeye. In 1992 the VAW-113 took part in “Exercise Roving Sands”, newly equipped with the new E-2C. Around the end of May 2006 VAW-113 concluded operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and sailed to the coast of Guam to take part in Valiant Shield 2006. The USS Ronald Reagan returned home in mid July 2006 and VAW-113 returned to home base at Point Mugu, California.

Number of E-2C delivered
USN/180, USN Reserve for drug interdiction/6, others countries/30
Crew – 5 / 1 Pilot, 1 Co-Pilot, 1 Radar Officer (RO), 1 Combat Information Center
Officer (CICO),
1 Aircraft Control Officer (ACO)
Dimensions
Length – 57 ft 8.75 in (17.60 m)
Wingspan – 80 ft 7 in (24.56 m)
Height – 18 ft 3.75 in (5.58 m)
Weight
Empty – 40,200 lb (18,090 kg)
Loaded – 43,068 lb (19,536 kg)
Maximum Take-off – 57,500 lb (26,083 kg)
Performance
Engines – 2 x Allison / Rolls Royce T56-A-427 5,100 shp (3,800 kW) each
Speed
Maximum – 350 knots (648 km/h)
Cruise – 256 knots (474 km/h
Ferry Range – 1,462 nmi (2,708 km)
Service Ceiling – 34,700 ft (10,576 m)
Endurance – 6 hrs
Avionics
AN/APS-145 Radar
OL-483/AP IFF interrogator system
APX-100 IFF Transponder
OL-698/ASQ Tactical Computer Group
AN/ARC-182 UHF/VHF radio
AN/ARC-158 UHF radio
AN/ARQ-34 HF radio
AN/USC-42 Mini-DAMA SATCOM system