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Boeing E-6B Mercury (Tacamo), CFM56
- This aircraft is yet another amazing adaptation of the venerable Boeing 707-320 jet airliner. At this time only the E-6B version exists which is an upgraded version of the E-6A.
In August 1989 the US Navy accepted its first E-6A, and sixteen of these were finally supplied to the fleet by 1992. Then starting in December 1997 the whole fleet was upgraded to the E-6B standard. The conversion was completed on December 1, 2006.
Length: 45.8 meters (150 feet 4 inches)
Wingspan: 45.2 meters (148 feet 4 inches)
Height: 12.9 meters (42 feet 5 inches)
Loaded weight: 154,400 kg (342,000 pounds)
Max takeoff weight: 154,400 kg (342,000 pounds)
Powerplant: 4 CFMI CFM-56-2A-2 high-bypass turbofans
Maximum speed: 522 knots (600 mph, 960 km/h)
Range: 12,144 km (6,600 nm, 7,590 sm, with 6 hours loiter time)
Service ceiling: > 12,200 meters (40,000 feet)
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