Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA4815 Grumman E-2C Hawkeye “Tiger Meet” 166417, French Navy, 2016. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The Northrop E-2 Hawkeye is an all-weather airborne early warning aircraft (AEW). The E-2 was a twin-turboprop developed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s for the USN. The E-2 is a carrier-capable aircraft and has received major upgrades in their electronics for the E-2B and E-2C with the E-2C also receiving improved turbo-prop engines. The E-2 has been in production since the 1960’s making it the longest production run of any carrier based aircraft. The E-2C variant became operational in 1973.
The NATO Tiger Meet is an annual event for aviation teams from across Europe and a few other countries to get together and test and/or improve their skills. The team members include everyone from ground crew to aircrew. The 2016 NTM took place at Zaragoza Spain hosted by ALA 15 and ran from May 16 to May 27. The French Navy operates three E-2Cs with E-2C Hawkeye (3; c/n FR-3/166417 (Navy Tiger) from 4F at Lorient/Lann-Bihoué representing them at NTM 2016.