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The E-2C Hawkeye is the U.S. Navy's all-weather, carrier-based tactical airborne early warning and control system platform. It provides all-weather airborne early warning and command and control functions for the carrier strike group. Each carrier air wing (CVW) consists of one squadron with four Hawkeye aircraft. In addition to its primary AEW function, the E-2C can also provide strike control, area surveillance, search and rescue guidance, navigational assistance, communications relay, and drug interdiction. VAW-126 flies the E-2C+ Group II Hawkeye.
Wingspan 80' 7 "
Length 57' 9 "
Height 18' 4"
Wing Area 700 sq. ft.
Weight: Empty 40,484 lbs.
Max Fuel (internal)  12,400 lbs.
Max Take-off Gross Weight 54,426 lbs.
Cruise Speed  260 kts.
Service Ceiling 37,000'
Ferry Range 1,540 nm.
Takeoff run 1,850'
Propulsion: 2 Allison T56-A-427 turboprop engines 5,100 ESHP each
Crew 5 Total, 2 Pilots and 3 Naval Flight Officers