NATO AWACS Resume Operations

The E-3A can stay in the air for more than 10 hours. All 17 E-3A aircraft are air-refuelable.

From Allied Command Operations: NATO E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft resumed flight operations after completing inspections and maintenance on Friday, May 7.

After the repair of corrosion and a successful ground test, the first NATO E-3A returned to the skies to conduct flight operations over Alliance airspace.

The entire NATO AWACS fleet operating out of Geilenkirchen, Germany was inspected Thursday, April 29 after corrosion was found on the nose wheel landing gear door mechanism on one of the planes. The corrosion has the potential to prevent proper deployment of the landing gear. As a safety precaution, all of the aircraft were inspected.  (photo: Allied Command Operations)

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