posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 04:31 PM
First off I think you mean"awacs" (Airborne warning and control) The "AWACs" is very recognizable because of the giant frisbee on the top containing
the radar antenna.
Some older aircraft may have less efficient engines but they are maintained by highly trained technicians; The engines arecertainly "flight worthy"if
nothing else...... Wanna put more money into defense?
I'm sure G.E.would love to re-fit any of those older airframes with upgraded power plants.Most programs plan for upgrades anyway. Don't know exactly
how many different engine upgrades the old "buffs" ( b-52's) have been through but its more than "a couple".
Smoke may be characteristic of that particular engine; at that throttle setting under those temperatureand pressure conditions.
F4's phantoms have a characteritic droopy smoke plume(trail) when they are entering the "pattern"around a base. every single one I'v ever seen does
it.( that certain throttle/airspeed/altitude combination).
edit on 20-1-2012 by 46ACE because: (no reason given)
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