EC-121 Warning Star
The Navy operated Lockheed's Constellation, an aircraft that was graceful in appearance and employed widely by civilian airlines, in both the transport and airborne early warning (AEW) roles. On 14 July 1950, the Navy became the first military customer for the improved Super Constellation, popularly called the Super Connie. A total of 142 examples of the AEW version of the aircraft, including the aircraft on display at the Museum, were delivered, featuring dorsal and ventral radomes that gave the aircraft a unique silhouette. The new aircraft and their 26-man crews maintained a constant airborne presence over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, providing an early warning net against possible enemy attack. Nine were modified for weather reconnaissance duties and served with the Navy's famed "Hurricane Hunters" squadron.