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User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4767 times:

Saw this shot in the database... noticed it's not the usual Fokker C-31.


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When'd they get this Twin Otter??

-Mike

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29836 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4764 times:

Quoting Scottieprecord (Thread starter):
When'd they get this Twin Otter??

I don't know. I know they had mechanical issues with their Fokker when they where up here last summer. The first day of Arctic Thunder they had to borrow an Air Force Herk to make the opening jump.

I am actually a bit surprised they employ the trotter, I would think that it would be too small for them.

Seriously though if they are going to replace the Fokker, then the C-27 would be the perfectly sized mount....if the Army will get off their can and order the damm thing.



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User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4761 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 1):
the C-27 would be the perfectly sized mount....if the Army will get off their can and order the damm thing.

Yeah. But I doubt the Army would be willing to provide a spankin' new plane for them to jump out of... I just read they recieved two Otters from the Alaskan National Guard with '79 regs. That does seem like a pretty big size decrease going from the C-31 to the Twin Otter... Odd.

-Mike


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29836 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

Quoting Scottieprecord (Reply 2):
Yeah. But I doubt the Army would be willing to provide a spankin' new plane for them to jump out of... I just read they recieved two Otters from the Alaskan National Guard with '79 regs.

They didn't get them from the AKANG.

The AKANG gave their OV-10's up for C-23's in 1996 approx. They went to the USAF Academy from what I understand.

There are still guys that are pissed they had to give up the Otters for Sherpa's.



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User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4757 times:

Hmm... I read that on Joe Baugher's site. But I'll take your word for it... Either way, they're not new birds.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29836 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4755 times:

Quoting Scottieprecord (Reply 4):
Hmm... I read that on Joe Baugher's site. But I'll take your word for it... Either way, they're not new birds.

The other thing is that has the original twin otter short nose, I never saw an OV-10 that didn't have the longer nose.



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User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4748 times:

UV-18, you mean?

Apparently the UV-18A has a short nose, while the UV-18B has the longer nose.

According to this site, the Academy uses UV-18Bs (2pilots + 17jumpers, room enough for the Golden Knights I would think) And the AK National Guard used UV-18As, which were sent to Marina, CA for UAV antenna testing.

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/uv-18.htm

Interesting stuff...


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29836 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4729 times:

Quoting Scottieprecord (Reply 6):
And the AK National Guard used UV-18As, which were sent to Marina, CA for UAV antenna testing.

I think you might have mis-read that statement. I didn't see where it said that the one at Marina was ex-AKANG.

Oh I started to think about it, I think the nose was available as a factory upgrade for older aircraft.



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User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4717 times:

Didn;t they have a Caribou or Buffalo before?


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User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 8):
Didn;t they have a Caribou or Buffalo before?

Caribou


User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4574 times:

They still operate the Fokker. They have two planes.

User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4505 times:

Yeah here is the info.

They have the Otter and the friendship. They have had them both for years.

http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/goldenknights/Webpage2005_content.html


User currently offlineAussieAMEgirl From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4499 times:

From a skydivers perspective...the t'wotter is a great jump plane - safe to exit (not as safe as a ramp job) and nice quick turnarounds between loads!

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