MILITARY E-2D ADVANCED HAWKEYE
AIR International looks at what makes Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye different from, but a worthy successor to, its illustrious ancestors
When the first Grumman Hawkeye made its maiden flight from Bethpage, New York, on October 21, 1960, it was known as the W2F-1. The redesignation of US Navy aircraft in 1962 turned it into the E-2 Hawkeye and the type entered service alongside other newcomers to naval aviation, such as the F-4 Phantom II in 1960. It had been ordered to replace another Grumman product, the E-1B Tracer.