9/6/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- Boeing has conducted a
successful first test flight of a 737 Airborne Early
Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for Turkey's
Peace Eagle program.
During the 2.5-hour flight from Boeing Field in
Seattle, pilot Regis Hancock and first officer Randon
Stewart performed a series of functional tests that
verified the airworthiness of the aircraft's systems
and structures. The flight follows major aircraft
modifications, including the installation of an
advanced antenna, ventral fins and mission system
"This is a major milestone for the program and a big
step forward in our development and testing of this
critical capability for our Turkish customer. We
planned the flight almost a year ago and achieved it
on schedule," said Mark Ellis, Boeing Peace Eagle
Additional functional test flights are planned in the
coming weeks, leading to mission system flight testing
in the fall.
The Peace Eagle program includes four 737 AEW&C
aircraft plus ground support segments for mission crew
training, mission support and system maintenance.
Modification of the first aircraft is under way at
Boeing facilities in Seattle. TUSAS Aerospace
Industries in Ankara, Turkey, will modify the
remaining three aircraft
The 737-700 features 21st century avionics,
navigation equipment and flight deck features. Because
of its advanced technology, the aircraft requires
minimal downtime for maintenance. The 737 series has a
worldwide base of suppliers, parts and support
The aircraft also is equipped with Northrop Grumman's
Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array antenna with
integrated identification friend-or-foe capabilities.
The system also includes a flexible, open architecture
for cost-effective future upgrades, an extensive
communications suite and aerial refueling capability.
Source: Boeing Press Release