From flip phone to smart phone: AWACS gets an upgrade

Lieutenant Col. Jeff Waterman, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, 968 EAACS director of operations, performs a pre-flight check on his oxygen mask before take-off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates Sept. 15, 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over 5,000 aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)
Lieutenant Col. Jeff Waterman, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, 968 EAACS director of operations, performs a pre-flight check on his oxygen mask before take-off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates Sept. 15, 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over 5,000 aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Lieutenant Col. Jeff Waterman, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, 968 EAACS director of operations, performs a pre-flight check on his oxygen mask before take-off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates Sept. 15, 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over 5,000 aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Lieutenant Col. Jeff Waterman, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, 968 EAACS director of operations, performs a pre-flight check on his oxygen mask before take-off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates Sept. 15, 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over 5,000 aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)
Lieutenant Col. Jeff Waterman, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, 968 EAACS director of operations, performs a pre-flight check on his oxygen mask before take-off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates Sept. 15, 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over 5,000 aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

First Lieutenant Morgan Fagnant, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron 968 EAACS pilot, performs pre-flight check on his oxygen mask before takeoff on a E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, 15 Sept. 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over First Lieutenant Morgan Fagnant, aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Senior Airman Taryn Nicholson, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron computer display maintenance technician, performs pre-flight checks on a E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft before take-off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates Sept. 15, 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over 5,000 aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

Senior Airman Barry Bowens, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron computer display maintenance technician, performs pre-flight checks on a E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft before take-off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates Sept. 15, 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over 5,000 aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, awaits its crew at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates Sept. 15, 2020. Deployed Airmen from the 968 EAACS provide continuous Battle Management Command and Control for over 5,000 aircraft to include Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Tanker, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets. (U.S. Air Force photographer by Master Sgt. Patrick OReilly)

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