The Lockheed WV2 Warning Star is an airborne early-warning radar surveillance aircraft used by the US Navy from 1956 to 1965. Also called the ‘Willie Victor’ by Navy crewmen, the WV-2 is essentially a militarised version Lockheed’s C-69 Constellation airliner fitted with two large radomes, one at the top of the fuselage and a horizontal one of the bottom, and manned by a crew of 18. The WV-2s served in the Navy as part of the ‘barrier force’ for the North American coastlines, providing early detection of long-range Soviet bombers and missiles and early warning against sea-and-land invasion. Several modified Willie Victor aircraft were also used during the Vietnam War to detect enemy troop movements in the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
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