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Lockheed EC-121D Warning Star 552, Early Warning Aircraft
Code Number:
MYFV08P09_03
Title:
Lockheed EC-121D Warning Star 552, Early Warning Aircraft
Delivered to USAF November 1955 as RC-121D 53-555
Redesignated EC-121D September 1963

The EC-121 originally designated as the RC-121 is a radar-picket modification of the USAF C-121 passenger airplane which evolved from the Lockheed Constellation - commercial transport. The massive radomes above and below the fuselage carry six tons of electronic gear. These aircraft entered service with the Air Defense Command in 1953 flying patrols all the U.S. coasts as an aerial extension of the Distant Early Warning DEW Line. The Air Force ordered 62 EC-121s between 1951 and 1955, 72 of which were Ds.

CN: 4370, 53-555
Engines: 4x Wright R-3350s of 3,400 hp each
Crew: Varied, but usually 17
Maximum speed: 290 mph
Cruising speed: 240 mph
Range: 4,000 miles
Ceiling: 18,000 feet
Span: 126 feet 2 in.
Length: 116 feet 2 in.
Height: 27 feet
Weight: 145,000 lbs.
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