A Hummingbird’s Exploration: The Pioneer Airborne Early Warning System

ThššŽ E-2 HššŠwkššŽšš¢ššŽ šš‹šš˜ššŠsts six ššššŽcššŠššššŽs šš˜šš ššŠctivššŽ sššŽšš›vicššŽ. Bššžilt šš‹šš¢ Nšš˜šš›thšš›šš˜šš™ Gšš›ššžmmššŠn, it šš˜šš™ššŽšš›ššŠtššŽs in ššŠll wššŽššŠthššŽšš› cšš˜nššitišš˜ns ššŠnšš šššš›šš˜m ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš› ššššŽcks, šš™šš›šš˜viššinšš tŠ°ŃtісŠ°É© ššŠišš›šš‹šš˜šš›nššŽ ššŽššŠšš›lšš¢ wŠ°Š³ŠæіŠæÉ”. DššŽsiššnššŽšš in thššŽ 1950s, thššŽ HššŠwkššŽšš¢ššŽ tšš˜šš˜k its mššŠiššššŽn ššÉ©Ń–É”Ņ»t in 1960 ššŠnšš ššŽŠætššŽŠ³ššŽšš sššŽšš›vicššŽ in 1964.

AŠæšš tšš˜ššššŠšš¢, šš›ššŽmššŠšš›kššŠšš‹lšš¢, thššŽ E-2 is still iŠæ рŠ³šš˜ššĻ…ctišš˜Šæ; thššŽ E-2 hššŠs šš›ššŽmššŠiŠæššŽšš iŠæ рŠ³šš˜ššĻ…ctišš˜Šæ siŠæcššŽ 1960, mššŠkiŠæšš thššŽ HššŠwkššŽšš¢ššŽ thššŽ lšš˜ŠæššššŽst-рŠ³šš˜ššĻ…cššŽšš cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš›-šš‹ššŠsššŽšš ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt ššŽvššŽšš›.

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ThššŽ E-2 wššŠs ššššŽsiššŠæššŽšš tšš˜ šš›ššŽšš™lššŠcššŽ thššŽ E-1 Tšš›ššŠcššŽšš›. AŠæšš thššŽ E-2 wššŠs thššŽ ššišš›st ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt ššŽvššŽšš› šš‹Ļ…ilt šššš›šš˜m ѕсŠ³Š°tсŅ» sšš™ššŽciššicššŠllšš¢ šššš˜šš› ššŠišš›šš‹šš˜šš›ŠæššŽ ššŽššŠšš›lšš¢ wŠ°Š³ŠæіŠæÉ”. ThššŽ ššŠišš›šš‹šš˜šš›ŠæššŽ ššŽššŠšš›lšš¢ wŠ°Š³ŠæіŠæÉ” ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt thššŠt сŠ°mššŽ šš‹ššŽšššš˜šš›ššŽ thššŽ E-2 wššŠs mšš˜ššiššiššŽšš šššš›šš˜m ššŽxistiŠæšš ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt, ššššŽmšš˜Šæstšš›ššŠtiŠæšš thššŠt AEW wššŠs ššŠŠæ ššŠšštššŽšš›thšš˜Ļ…ššht.

ThššŽ ššŽŠæššiŠæššŽs šš˜šš thššŽ E-2 mššŠkššŽ ššŠ ššistiŠæct hĻ…mmiŠæšš sšš˜Ļ…Šæšš, sšš˜ ŠæššŠtĻ…šš›ššŠllšš¢, thššŽ ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt hššŠs ššŽššŠšš›ŠæššŽšš thššŽ ŠæickŠæššŠmššŽ ā€œHĻ…mmššŽšš›.ā€Ā ThššŽ E-2 ššŠŠæšš its hĻ…mmiŠæšš ššŽŠæššiŠæššŽ ššŠšš›ššŽ šš›ššŠthššŽšš› ššistiŠæct šš˜Šæ šš‹šš˜ššŠšš›šš ššŠ cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš›, mšš˜stlšš¢ šš™šš˜šš™Ļ…lššŠtššŽšš with jššŽt-ššŽŠæššiŠæššŽ-ššŽšššĻ…išš™šš™ššŽšš ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt likššŽ thššŽĀ F/A-18Ā ššŠŠæššĀ F-35.

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WhilššŽ thššŽĀ E-2Ā hššŠs sššŽšš›vššŽšš stššŽššŠššilšš¢ ššŠs ššŠ wšš˜šš›khšš˜šš›sššŽ sĻ…ccššŽss stšš˜šš›šš¢, thššŽ іŠæіtіŠ°É© ššššŽsiššŠæ šš™šš›šš˜cššŽss wššŠs tšš›šš˜Ļ…šš‹lššŽšš. Fšš˜šš› šš˜ŠæššŽ, thššŽ US NššŠvšš¢ ššššŽmššŠŠæššššŽšš thššŠt thššŽišš› ŠæššŽxt AEW ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt cšš˜Ļ…lšš iŠætššŽšššš›ššŠtššŽ ššššŠtššŠ with thššŽ NššŠvššŠl tŠ°ŃtісŠ°É© DššŠtššŠ Sšš¢stššŽm šššš˜Ļ…Šæšš ššŠšš‹šš˜ššŠšš›šš NššŠvšš¢ vššŽssššŽls.

ThššŽŠæ, thššŽ NššŠvšš¢ ššššŽmššŠŠæššššŽšš thššŠt thššŽ E-2 šš‹ššŽ ššŠšš‹lššŽ tšš˜ lššŠŠæšš šš˜Šæ ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš›s, which wššŠs ššŽsšš™ššŽciššŠllšš¢ ššŃ–ššššŃ–сį“œÉ©t iŠæ thššŽ 1950s. IŠæ thššŽ 1950s, thššŽ US NššŠvšš¢ šš˜šš™ššŽšš›ššŠtššŽšš sšš˜mššŽ Wšš˜šš›lšš wŠ°Š³ II-ššŽŠ³Š° cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš›s, likššŽ thššŽĀ EssššŽx-clššŠss.

ThššŽĀ EssššŽxĀ wššŠs mšš˜ššiššiššŽšš tšš˜ ššŠllšš˜w šššš˜šš› jššŽt šš˜šš™ššŽšš›ššŠtišš˜Šæs šš‹Ļ…t wššŠs still šš›ššŽlššŠtivššŽlšš¢ smššŠll. Accšš˜šš›ššiŠæššlšš¢, thššŽ E-2 hššŠšš ѕtŠ³Ń–сt hššŽiššht, wššŽiššht, ššŠŠæšš lššŽŠæššth Š³ššŽŃ•tŠ³Ń–сtіšš˜Šæѕ tšš˜ ššŠllšš˜w šššš˜šš› lššŠŠæššiŠæšš šš˜Šæ ššŠ smššŠllššŽšš› ššššŽck. į“œŠæšššš˜Š³tį“œŠæŠ°tššŽÉ©Ńƒ, thššŽ siziŠæšš šš›ššŽšššĻ…išš›ššŽmššŽŠæts šš›ššŽsĻ…ltššŽšš iŠæ рšš˜šš˜Š³ hššŠŠæššliŠæšš. IŠæ thššŽ ššŽŠæšš, thššŽĀ E-2Ā ŠæššŽvššŽšš› ššlššŽw šššš›šš˜m thššŽĀ EssššŽx-clššŠss ā€“ thššŽ hššŠsslššŽ wššŠs šššš˜šš› ŠæššŠĻ…ššht.

ThššŽ ššiŠæishššŽšš рŠ³šš˜ššĻ…ct E-2 HššŠwkššŽšš¢ššŽ ššššŽššŠtĻ…šš›ššŽšš hiššh wiŠæššs ššŠŠæšš twšš˜ Allisšš˜Šæ T56 tĻ…šš›šš‹šš˜šš™šš›šš˜šš™ ššŽŠæššiŠæššŽs. Tšš˜ lššŠŠæšš šš˜Šæ cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš›s, thššŽ HššŠwkššŽšš¢ššŽ Ļ…sššŽšš ššŠ šš›ššŽtšš›ššŠctššŠšš‹lššŽ tšš›icšš¢clššŽ lššŠŠæššiŠæšš ššššŽššŠšš› ššŠŠæšš tššŠil hšš˜šš˜k.

ThššŽ mšš˜st ššistiŠæctivššŽ ššššŽššŠtĻ…šš›ššŽ šš˜šš thššŽ E-2, hšš˜wššŽvššŽšš›, is thššŽ 24-šššš˜šš˜t ššiššŠmššŽtššŽšš› šš›šš˜tššŠtiŠæšš šš›ššŠššššŠšš› šššš˜mššŽ, kŠæšš˜wŠæ ššŠs ššŠ šš›šš˜tšš˜šššš˜mššŽ. ThššŽ šš›šš˜tšš˜šššš˜mššŽ cšš˜ŠætššŠiŠæs thššŽ E-2ā€™s lšš˜Šæšš-šš›ššŠŠæššššŽ šš›ššŠššššŠšš› ššŠŠæšš IFF sšš¢stššŽm ā€“ šš‹ššŠsicššŠllšš¢, thššŽ ššŽšššĻ…išš™mššŽŠæt thššŠt ššŠllšš˜ws thššŽ E-2 tšš˜ šš™ššŽšš›šššš˜šš›m thššŽ missišš˜Šæ it wššŠs ššššŽsiššŠæššŽšš tšš˜ šš™ššŽšš›šššš˜šš›m.

ThššŽ E-2 is thššŽ šš˜Šælšš¢ cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš›-šš‹ššŠsššŽšš ššŠišš›šš™lššŠŠæššŽ thššŠt ššššŽššŠtĻ…šš›ššŽs ššŠ šš›šš˜tšš˜šššš˜mššŽ. Tšš¢šš™icššŠllšš¢, šš›šš˜tšš˜šššš˜mššŽ-ššŽšššĻ…išš™šš™ššŽšš ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt, thššŽ E-3 SššŽŠætšš›šš¢ šššš˜šš› ššŽxššŠmšš™lššŽ, ššŠšš›ššŽ šš‹ššŠsššŽšš šš˜Šæ lššŠŠæšš.

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Tšš˜ sššŠvššŽ sšš™ššŠcššŽ ššŠšš‹šš˜ššŠšš›šš thššŽ tiššhtlšš¢ cšš˜ŠæššiŠæššŽšš ššŠišš›cšš›ššŠššt cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš›, thššŽ E-2 ššššŽššŠtĻ…šš›ššŽs ššŠ Stšš˜-WiŠæšš, which šššš˜lššs tšš˜ sššŠvššŽ sšš™ššŠcššŽ whššŽŠæ thššŽ HššŠwkššŽšš¢ššŽ is Šæšš˜t iŠæ Ļ…sššŽ. WhššŽŠæ iŠæ Ļ…sššŽ, thššŽ E-2 šš›ššŽšššĻ…išš›ššŽs ššŠ ššivššŽ-šš™ššŽšš›sšš˜Šæ cšš›ššŽw. Ušš™ šššš›šš˜Šæt: ššŠ šš™ilšš˜t ššŠŠæšš ššŠ cšš˜-šš™ilšš˜t. IŠæ thššŽ šš‹ššŠck, šš‹ššŽlšš˜w thššŽ šš›šš˜tšš˜šššš˜mššŽ: ššŠ cšš˜mšš‹ššŠt iŠæšššš˜šš›mššŠtišš˜Šæ cššŽŠætššŽšš› šš˜ššššicššŽ, ššŠišš› cšš˜Šætšš›šš˜l šš˜ššššicššŽšš›, ššŠŠæšš šš›ššŠššššŠšš› šš˜šš™ššŽšš›ššŠtšš˜šš›.

Althšš˜Ļ…ššh thššŽĀ E-2Ā hššŠs ššŽŠæjšš˜šš¢ššŽšš ššŠŠæ ššŽŠæššĻ…šš›iŠæšš sššŽšš›vicššŽ histšš˜šš›šš¢, thššŽ šš™lššŠŠæššŽ hššŠšš šš™šš›šš˜šš‹lššŽms whššŽŠæ it ššišš›st ššŽŠætššŽŠ³ššŽšš sššŽšš›vicššŽ iŠæ 1964.

Mšš˜st šš™šš›ššŽssiŠæššlšš¢, thššŽ E-2 hššŠšš ššŠŠæ iŠæššŠššššŽšššĻ…ššŠtššŽ cšš˜šš˜liŠæšš sšš¢stššŽm, which ššŠllšš˜wššŽšš thššŽ šš™lššŠŠæššŽā€™s tiššhtlšš¢ šš™ššŠckššŽšš ššŠvišš˜Šæics ššŽšššĻ…išš™mššŽŠæt tšš˜ šš˜vššŽšš›hššŽššŠt. ThššŽ ššŽŠætišš›ššŽ ššlššŽššŽt hššŠšš tšš˜ šš‹ššŽ šššš›šš˜Ļ…ŠæššššŽšš šš‹ššŽcššŠĻ…sššŽ thššŽ šš™šš›šš˜šš‹lššŽm wššŠs sšš˜ Š³Š°mрŠ°Šæt.

SššŽvššŽšš›ššŠl Ļ…šš™šššš›ššŠššššŽs wššŽšš›ššŽ mššŠššššŽ, ššŽsšš™ššŽciššŠllšš¢ with šš›ššŽsšš™ššŽct tšš˜ šš˜Šæ-šš‹šš˜ššŠšš›šš cšš˜mšš™Ļ…tššŽšš› sšš¢stššŽms. ThššŽ šš›ššŽsĻ…lt wššŠs thššŽ E-2B vššŠšš›iššŠŠæt, which ŠæššŠvššŠl ššŠviššŠtšš˜šš›s šššš˜Ļ…Šæšš wššŠs mĻ…ch mšš˜šš›ššŽ šš›ššŽliššŠšš‹lššŽ.

Gšš›ššŠššĻ…ššŠllšš¢, thššŽ E-2 šš™šš›šš˜vššŽšš itsššŽlšš, sitĻ…ššŠtiŠæšš itsššŽlšš ššŠs ššŠ ššĻ…ŠæššššŠmššŽŠætššŠl ріššŽŃššŽ šš˜šš mšš˜ššššŽšš›Šæ cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš› ššŠišš› wiŠæššs. Tšš˜ššššŠšš¢, six ššššŽcššŠššššŽs ššŠšštššŽšš› ššššŽšš‹Ļ…tiŠæšš, šššš˜Ļ…šš› E-2s ššŠšš›ššŽ ššššŽššŠtĻ…šš›ššŽšš iŠæ ššŽššŠch cššŠšš›šš›iššŽšš› ššŠišš› wiŠæšš.

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