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Offline Mark Nankivil

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NC-37B Visitor
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:13:30 am »
Good Day All -

The NC-37B bound for VX-30 stopped by our airport yesterday and happily I was there.

Enjoy the Day!  Mark

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Re: NC-37B Visitor
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2018, 12:27:22 pm »
What the heck happened to that poor bizjet ?  :o He looks like that unfortunate Israeli Boeing 707, the Phalcon one.
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Re: NC-37B Visitor
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2018, 12:54:20 pm »
What the heck happened to that poor bizjet ?  :o He looks like that unfortunate Israeli Boeing 707, the Phalcon one.

Not far off the mark.  The NC-37B is a telemetry range support aircraft replacing the old NP-3 "Billboard." IAI Elta appears to be a sub on the contract, and the aircraft has the same configuration as the Conformal AEW aircraft sold to Singapore and Israel.  But it sounds like this version doesn't have the full-on IAI AEW radars, but rather specific Raytheon electronics.  Those big sponsons hold radars for keeping track of air and surface targets that might stray into the test ranges and probably telemetry relay antennas as well. Sounds like they just picked this airframe because the sponsons were already FAA approved, instead of reinventing the wheel.

http://seapowermagazine.org/stories/20171128-RSA.html



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