The first E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system aircraft fitted with new engines takes off on its maiden test flight from Northrop Grumman’s modification facility in Melbourne, Fla., Dec. 21, 2008. This E-8C, the test bed aircraft for the Joint STARS fleet, thus began a four-month military flight certification program for the aircraft’s new Seven Q Seven propulsion pod system that features Pratt & Whitney’s JT-8D-219 engine.
Northrop Grumman photo by Jim Stratford
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