A Fairey Gannet AEW.3 - standing for Airborne Early Warning - of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, date and location unknown.
Designed specifically for the Royal Navy, the aircraft utilised a
contra-rotating system powered by
Double Mamba. In essence, they mounted two turboprops (Mambas) side-by-side and coupled them through a single gearbox. This allowed pilots to shut down one engine while cruising to conserve fuel and extend endurance. One prop could also be feathered without causing thrust asymmetry problems. One well designed little aircraft, they first flew in their original anti-submarine warfare configuration on
19 September 1949.
An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the “Liberty Bells” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, lands on the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 21, 2015) An E-2C Hawkeye from the Sun Kings of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Aviation boatswain’s mates recover after launching an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Golden Hawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis