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Boeing E-3A Sentry (LX-N90445) from the NATO at the Texel Airshow, Texel (the Netherlands)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO or in French: Organisation du traité de l'Atlantique Nord - OTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty (also called the Washington Treaty) which was signed on 4 April 1949.

The Boeing E-3 Sentry, commonly known as AWACS, is an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing as
the prime contractor. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications, and is used by the United States Air Force (USAF), NATO, Royal Air Force (RAF), French Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force. The E-3 is distinguished by the distinctive rotating radar dome above the fuselage. Production ended in 1992 after 68 aircraft had been built.

Based in Geilenkirchen, Germany, 18 E-3 AWACS were purchased – one lost in Greece. All of these aircraft are officially registered as aircraft of Luxembourg, a NATO member with no other air force. Responsible for monitoring airspace for NATO operations around the world.

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