|The Boeing E-6 Mercury is an airborne command post and communications relay based on the Boeing 707-320. The original E-6A manufactured by Boeings defense division entered service with the US Navy in July 1989, replacing the EC-130Q. The E-6B model deployed in October 1998 kept this role, but added further command post capabilities and control of land-based missiles and nuclear-armed bombers. The E-6B replaced Air Force EC-135Cs in the ""Looking Glass"" role, providing command and control of U.S. nuclear forces should ground-based control become inoperable. The E-6B is an upgrade to the E-6A. It includes a battlestaff area and new flight deck systems replacing the aging 1970s-style cockpit with an off-the-shelf 737 Next Generation cockpit. This greatly increases the situational awareness of the pilot and saves significant cost over a custom avionics package. The first E-6B was accepted in December 1997. All 16 E-6A aircraft were modified to the E-6B standard, with the final delivery taking place on 1 December 2006. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail, this 1/100-scale model makes a great pilot gift, or a present for any aviation enthusiast or history buff.|
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