posted on Nov, 16 2013 @ 08:05 PM
To the more observant members, any particular lumps and bumps added to/ missing from this version compared to the USAF model?
I'd look myself but I've got a migraine.
Yes, there appear to be two significant differences and one minor difference in the antenna configurations. The most obvious is the bubble antenna
located on the spine of the aircraft just forward of the tail. The second appears to be the antennas located between the landing gear. Finally, the
sensors in the cheek fairings look like a different configuration. The cheeks contain the ELINT sensors while the lower antennas are for the COMINT
systems, so I would expect some differences there. Here's a photo of one of the latest U.S. configurations where you can note the differences
between the posted photos of the air seeker.
There are photos and videos of the interior of these aircraft, but you do have to search around for them. Here are two I found on the internet that
are older, from the very early 90s. The first is the airborne mission supervisor's (AMS) position which is the spooks area of the aircraft. Their
crew consists of various interpreters and linguists.
The second photo is the inflight maintenance position. The console closest to the photographer is the airborne maintenance technician (AMT) and the
console farther way is the Inflight Maintenance Technician (IMT). Seems like minor syntax differences in their titles, but the AMS is responsible for
the communications intelligence positions in the rear of the aircraft and the IMT maintains the ELINT positions, which are just forward of the
The last time I saw an interior of the aircraft, the layout is very similar but the computer system are more advances. No more CRTs and all the
displays are large flat panels. The network was upgraded from a token ring based system to a windows based network. Whether they still use that
setup today, I cannot answer.
If the air force ever gets past sequestration and ramps up their participation in air shows again, there's a good chance to get a tour on one of
these if they are present on static display. It all depends on whether they are able to bring enough support to conduct tours through the