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InsideAIR 24: Goodbye to the E-3D Sentry AWACS

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Episode 24 of InsideAIR says goodbye to E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System

Unmistakable for its giant rotating dish, the airliner sized E-3D Sentry, also known as AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), recently flew its final operational mission before retirement later this year.

Sentry taking off.

Join Squadron Leader Scales on a tour of the aircraft that has recently returned from its final mission and will shortly be retired after 30 years of operational service.  Discover what Group Captains Beldon and O’Dell love most about the iconic aircraft, why they are proud of its contribution to UK and NATO air defence and what the future holds when its replacement comes into service in 2023.

Sentry on the airfield at night, floodlights in the background.

The E-3D Sentry entered RAF service in 1991 as part of the RAF’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance fleet.  Since then, the Sentry aircraft have been involved in UK and NATO operations including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, the broader Middle East and the Caribbean.

What made Sentry so special?  Find out by listening to InsideAIR podcast