LAST BOEING-BUILT E-6 FLIES TO PATUXENT RIVER, MD.
LAST BOEING-BUILT E-6 FLIES TO PATUXENT RIVER, MD. SEATTLE, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Defense & Space Group announced today it has delivered to the U.S. Navy the last E-6A submarine communications aircraft. Boeing was under contract to build 16 E-6A airplanes to serve as the survivable airborne communications system for the Navy's ballistic missile submarine force. Delivery of the first production aircraft to the Navy was made in August 1989. "Boeing is very proud of the E-6A aircraft and its vital role in the Navy's mission," said Paul Collins, E-6 program manager. "The E-6 fleet operational performance is exceeding Navy mission readiness goals." The E-6A is based on the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) 707 airframe and uses the fuel-efficient GE-SNECMA CFM-56 engines. The major mission system is the Navy's airborne very-low-frequency (VLF) communications system. This system includes two antennas: a short trailing-wire antenna (one mile long) and a long trailing-wire antenna (five miles long) that together transmit VLF radio signals. The VLF radio signals penetrate water, allowing submerged Navy submarines to receive vital communications. The E-6 aircraft also is capable of providing relay communications between strategic ground forces and aircraft. The airborne communications role for the ballistic missile submarine force had been carried out since the 1960s by propeller-driven EC-130 aircraft. But with the Trident submarine fleet entering service in the 1980s, a faster and longer-range aircraft was needed for this TACAMO (Take Charge and Move Out) mission. Boeing was awarded a full-scale-development contract for the E-6A in 1983, followed by a production contract in 1986. Contracts for 16 E-6A aircraft, including logistics support, were valued at approximately $2 billion. In May, the Navy commissioned a new wing command at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma where the two E-6 squadrons will be based. This E-6 aircraft is the last 707 aircraft to be delivered by The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA). When the 707 production line closed in 1991, Boeing had sold more than 1,000 707s of all types -- commercial and military models. The 707 prototype known as the "Dash 80," was first flown in 1954, and was used as a flying test laboratory until 1972, when it was turned over to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In 1990, the Dash 80 returned to Boeing Field in Seattle for full restoration. -0- 9/9/92 /CONTACT: Anne Gose of Boeing Defense & Space Group, 206-773-2816/ (BA) CO: Boeing Defense & Space Group ST: Washington IN: ARO SU:
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