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USAF Spec Ops To Get Pilatus PC-12  
User currently offlineSvenskpilot From United States of America, joined May 2006, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 21258 times:

Just saw this on the web and thought this was an interesting choice for our USAF. Do you know of any other aircraft that were limited to a handful of squadrons?

http://www2.afsoc.af.mil/library/fac...heets/factsheet_media.asp?fsID=226

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A new squadron was created to fly single-engine U-28As in support of Special Forces such as the Army's Green Berets and Navy's SEALs. The 319th Special Operations Squadron, with six U-28As and about 45 airmen to fly and maintain the planes, is stationed at Hurlburt AFB in Florida, which is the headquarters of the Air Force Special Operations Command. There are no other PC-12s in the Air Force inventory.



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http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/u-28.htm

(Besides the UV-18)


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User currently offlineMigFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 21253 times:

I think it is a great idea. The PC-12 is a versitile aircraft.

/M


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 21131 times:
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From the article:

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Each PC-12 costs $20 million.

Good lord...I hope that includes floor mats and undercoating. The 2003 Business & Commercial Aviation Purchase Planning Handbook lists the PC-12 price at just under $3 million...




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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 21108 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 2):

Good lord...I hope that includes floor mats and undercoating. The 2003 Business & Commercial Aviation Purchase Planning Handbook lists the PC-12 price at just under $3 million...

I wonder what sort and number of equipment they managed to squeeze into that tiny frame to jack up the price so. Although that is a 3-year old data, if accurate, present value calculations would come nowhere near that, as even the new VLJs are in the $5M region.

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User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1610 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 21082 times:
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The USAF 6th SOS at Hurlburt Field is reported to be using this Basler BT-67 (as a C-47T). It was originally built for the USAAF as 43-48859 and was retired from USAF service in 1968.


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 21078 times:
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Quoting AeroWeanie (Reply 4):
The USAF 6th SOS at Hurlburt Field is reported to be using this Basler BT-67

Boy, you'd think a Special Ops squadron...secretive as they may be...would be a little less obvious.

I mean, I'm no expert in the world of covert military ops, but I would probably choose a symbol other than a giant question mark on the tail.  biggrin 




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User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1610 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 21073 times:
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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 5):
I mean, I'm no expert in the world of covert military ops, but I would probably choose a symbol other than a giant question mark on the tail.

The question mark is supposed to be a traditional tail symbol for jump planes, dating back to either the 82nd or 101st Airborne in WWII (my info is from an article that I read last night in Air Forces Monthly).


User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 21065 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 5):
I mean, I'm no expert in the world of covert military ops, but I would probably choose a symbol other than a giant question mark on the tail.

Maybe the Riddler enlisted and is in command.  Smile



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12181 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 20946 times:

Perhaps they could also use a few B-727s, with the BD Cooper mods removed?  Wow!

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