Boeing E-3A

Boeing E-9 Sentry (AWAKS)

The Boeing E-3 Sentry, commonly known as AWACS, is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance, command, control, and communications, and is used by the United States Air Force, NATO, Royal Air Force, French Air Force, and Royal Saudi Air Force. The E-3 is distinguished by the distinctive rotating radar dome above the fuselage.

Basic Informations
Role : Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C)
National origin : United States
Manufacturer: Boeing Defense, Space & Security Westinghouse Electric (radar)
First flight : EC-137D: 9 February 1972 {E-3: 25 May 1976}
Introduction : March 1977
Status : Operational
Primary users : United States Air Force - NATO - Royal Air Force - Royal Saudi Air Force
Produced : 1977–1992
Number built : 68
Unit cost : US$270 million
Developed from : Boeing 707

Major subsystem

A major subsystem in the E-3 Sentry is navigation, communication, and computers. Fourteen consoles display computer-processed data in graphic and tabular format on video screens. Console operators perform surveillance, identification, weapons control, battle management and communications functions. The radar and computer subsystems on the E-3 can gather and present broad and detailed battlefield information. This includes position and tracking information on enemy aircraft and ships, and location and status of friendly aircraft and naval vessels.




Saudi arabia



Why I would love to see this aircraft in the future:

The Boeing E-9 Sentry is not only amazing because of its amazing liverys, but also because of its attached radar on the top of the aircraft. It would be fun for refuelings amd escorts too



Nice plane! You have my vote😉


I think this would be the same as the KC-10 (livery of the DC-10F) since the E-9 is developed from the B707, meaning this would be added as a special livery when the B707 will eventually be released.

The KC-10 is something different from this one.

It would be something different. As you have said, the E-9 is developed from B707(Military derivatives include the E-3 Sentry airborne reconnaissance aircraft). The B707 would be more
used as a comercial airplane. Dont forget there are some special liveries for the Boeing E-9 Sentry:


Saudi Air Force:


Main differences:

Modifications to the Boeing 707 for the E-3 Sentry included a rotating radar dome (rotodome), hydraulics were changed from 3500 to 5000 PSI to drive the rotodome,[12] single-point ground refueling, air refueling. Air refueling is something that makes the B707 different with the Sentry.


Livery 1
Livery 2

Let me know what you think!!


It is a very interesting plane, of course. Also it would be an addition to the military fleet of aircraft in IF, but there are plenty of other planes already included waiting desperately for a complete overhaul.

1 Like

Thanks for the support!!

There are indeed. I am requesting this aircraft to be added in the future, as I know there are other requests that are in the “first” place. But I would love to have one more military aircraft in IF. That’s why I created this feauture request 😉


That’s what I commented under the Boeing C-17 Globemaster thread, I think it also fits for the E-9 in some way.

“I think it’s clear that the C-17 needs a rework, but it should come with some advancements to the whole military aviation in IF. A couple weeks after the Hercules was released, you haven’t seen it in the skies that often anymore, although it has really good animations and even moving parts. Jets are in use for fun or sometimes to escort, but overall they aren’t really common, too. Imo they should combine the C-17 rework with a rework of some more jets than the A-10, and military aviation should get more importance, for example always one military base active in weekly expert schedule or more virtual squadrons.
I‘m really looking forward what’s to come for this exciting part of aviation!”


Hey, I hate to break it to you but the E-9 doesnt even exist. Everything you are discussing, and showing pictures of are the E-3.

Also, fun fact; its AWACS which stands for “Airborne Warning and Control System”.

If you’re arriving late to a party, do it in style 😎