Svenskpilot
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Thu May 25, 2006 8:26 pm

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

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Thu May 25, 2006 8:47 pm

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

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Fri May 26, 2006 5:44 am



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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Fri May 26, 2006 6:43 am

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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Fri May 26, 2006 7:39 am

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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Fri May 26, 2006 7:55 am




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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Fri May 26, 2006 8:18 am

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).
 
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Fri May 26, 2006 8:43 am

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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Sat May 27, 2006 2:40 am

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

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