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Is This An An-28, And Why Is It Over COS?  
User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3198 posts, RR: 6
Posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

As the topic title says, is this aircraft an Antonov An-28? Testing my spotting skills to the max, it's my best guess. Sorry for the quality of the photo, I was zoomed 4.0x on the digital lens and then enlarged it another 5x or so in PhotoEditor.

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I was in COS last weekend, this little plane was doing touch and goes for the better part of 2 days, at least when I was paying attention. It had no obvious markings (airline or air force), and I was never close enough to see a registration. (I was 3 miles or so from the airport at best. It flew over the neighborhood numerous times. No, I couldn't peel away to look for it at the airport.)

My clues are the swept twin vertical stabilizers and tapered aft fuselage (therefore not a Shorts 330 -- also the nose was not as long as a Shorts 330, nor is it an An-14). If I had to guess, it seemed to sound like a similarly-sized Twin Otter, common at that airport, so I'd guess it was turboprop, too. I'm presuming that this is a civilian An-28 (hence this forum), for what would a Russian/Polish/Ukrainian Air Force transport be flying at a USAF Base? Am I missing any other look-alikes (apart from the obvious PZL Mielec M-28)?

If it is the An-28, what on earth is it doing in COS? Are civilian examples more common in the US than I assumed? Anyone with more info, either about the aircraft or why it might be in Colorado, I'd be happy for the input.


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User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1709 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

It is most likely an AFSOC M-28/An-28

The article below,


Says that the first delivery was due in June.

Flown in: A30B,A306,A310,A319,A320,A321,A332,A333,A343,A346,A388,BA11,BU31,B190, B461,(..53 more types..),VC10,WESX
User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3198 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3496 times:

That's probably it. Article says they'll be based at Cannon AFB in New Mexico. Probably I saw training flights at Peterson AFB/COS.

In this case, it's a Military Aviation question. Mods can move if they wish.


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