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4411st J-STARS Squadron - Ryiad, Saudi Arabia

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86-0416 N770JSPhoto 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5
86-0417 N8411Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
03/03/1992 -> Photo 4 Photo 5

NOTE: The E-8A flew its first combat mission on 14/01/1991, and the two aircraft completed 49 combat sorties totalling 534,6 hours by 06/03/1991, with a 100% mission effectiveness rate.

Note to modellers:


It's probably noted in the decal instructions for Wolfpak sheet no. 72-018, but for an E-8A of the Desert Storm era the Flightpath conversion doesn't quite cover everything.
The two prototypes (86-0416 and 86-0417) were pressed into operational service during Desert Storm, when both still had the Flight Test Data Link (FTDL, or "Fiddle")
teardrop antenna on the underside just aft of the wing root (you can see it in the profile drawing of the decal sheet).
Unfortunately this isn't included in Flightpath's conversion set, which is meant for later E-8A/E-8Cs that didn't have that antenna.
Another note for anyone doing the E-8A in 1/72: Flightpath's conversion suggests using the Heller/Airfix E-3 kit as a basis, but you can save yourself a good deal of work
by starting from the 707 kit instead. The JSTARS were all converted from existing airliners, and have quite a few more cabin windows than the AWACS.
In fact, looking at the JSTARS aircraft "in the flesh," the windows that were plated over are still very visible, so it would be more accurate to install
the airliner's glazing and paint over the redundant windows, rather than cutting/scribing in a few new ones on the AWACS as the Flightpath instructions recommend.
The airplanes did not carry the "US Air Force - US Army Joint STARS" inscription on the fuselage during the Gulf war.

Here is the pylon "hump" (Turbo generators) configuration viewed from head-on view:
H - hump, NH - no hump, straight pylon


Academy Minicraft kit has completely wrong instructions about painting the aircraft, and the decals are also not so good, so check my Decals page for proper colors (Wolfpak 1:72).
The kit has correct "humps" on engine pylons. Kit is missing the Flight Test Data Link (FTDL, or "Fiddle") antenna.
The airplanes did not carry the "US Air Force - US Army Joint STARS" inscription on the fuselage during the Gulf war.