This collectable model represents the E-2C Hawkeye, an airborne early warning aircraft, a carrier based eyes of the fleet. A replacement for the E-1 Tracer, the Hawkeye has served since the early 1960s. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/48-scale model E-2 Hawkeye makes a great gift for any pilot, naval aviator, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
In U.S. service, the E-2 Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning and command and control capabilities for all aircraft-carrier battle groups. Its other roles include sea and land surveillance, control of fighter planes for fleet air defense; control of attack planes on offensive missions; the control of search and rescue missions and for the relay of radio communications, air-to-air and ship-to-air.
The E-1 Hawkeye is distinguished by the 24-foot rotating dome mounted on its fuselage. It entered the fleet in 1964, with the E-2C variant entering service in 1973. The E-2C features upgraded radar systems and engines.
Along with deep water missions, the E-2 fleet has served overland as command and control and early warning aircraft. No replacement has been set for the Hawkeye, and it continues to serve worldwide in the U.S. Navy and in a number of foreign military services.