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Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:11 am

I've seen a photo of a Dornier 328 which was recently aquired by the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

Seems like a strange type choice. Does anyone have any info on why this particular model was chosen?
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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:19 am

Cool. It is a high performance aircraft. It would also be incredibly cheap to buy. Not that the US government really cares about the cost. It shows some creative thinking is going on.
 
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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:15 pm

Quoting Flighty (Reply 1):
It is a high performance aircraft. It would also be incredibly cheap to buy.

What could be more practical than that which you already own?.....

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Quoting Flighty (Reply 1):
Not that the US government really cares about the cost.

Seems that way with the Spartans.

Quoting Flighty (Reply 1):
It shows some creative thinking is going on.

They were indeed creative about that one.
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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:19 am

Maybe they wanted a plane that looks discreet and isn't frequently associated with the American military? I suppose that depends on what it's going to be used for though.
 
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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:35 pm

Quoting Devilfish (Reply 2):
Quoting Flighty (Reply 1): It is a high performance aircraft. It would also be incredibly cheap to buy.
What could be more practical than that which you already own?.....

Unfortunately the USAF wants to get rid of the C-27Js.
 
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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:24 pm

Special Ops is a bit outside the normal equipment spec system. They get a lot of unusual stuff.

The SOC unit at Cannon AFB, Clovis, New Mexico has several of different aircraft types - Pilatus PC-12, Do-328T, AN-28 and Dash 8-100/200 aircraft - many with N numbers not normal USAF designations and not normal military grey paint jobs.

Sometimes you don't want folks to know the aircraft is US military.
 
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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:08 pm

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 5):
Special Ops is a bit outside the normal equipment spec system. They get a lot of unusual stuff.

The SOC unit at Cannon AFB, Clovis, New Mexico has several of different aircraft types - Pilatus PC-12, Do-328T, AN-28 and Dash 8-100/200 aircraft - many with N numbers not normal USAF designations and not normal military grey paint jobs.

Sometimes you don't want folks to know the aircraft is US military.

Well they know now!
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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Wed May 09, 2012 11:53 pm

Quoting Newark727 (Reply 3):
I suppose that depends on what it's going to be used for though.
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 5):
Special Ops is a bit outside the normal equipment spec system.

Well, this certainly is 'special'.....

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They even shifted $32M from the JCA funds to pay for a Stinger II prototype. However, the recent renaming of the MC-130J to Commando II may give an indication of where things are headed.

Alenia had unveiled its own Praetorian gunship programme...but they'd be lucky to land a deal outside the SOCOM...that is, unless the Aeronautica Militare orders a few for themselves.
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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Thu May 31, 2012 1:37 am

Here's a development that might see the Spartan come full circle and end up again with the State Department.....

http://www.defensenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012305270001

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"TAMPA, Fla. — Many were surprised last week when it was announced that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be speaking at a major special operations conference here.

But after listening to her and Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), it became clear that the two entities they lead have quietly forged an operational bond that has seen their staffs share space in Washington, here and out in the field — and that both want that bond to deepen.

The growing relationship comes as McRaven is looking to make changes to the Pentagon’s Unified Command Plan, which defines the roles, responsibilities and missions tasked to combatant commanders around the globe. There has been talk over the past several months that McRaven’s proposed changes would give his command more power to deploy special operators, which would be an end run around the geographic combatant commands and local U.S. embassies."



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RE: Dornier 328 For Afsoc

Mon May 20, 2013 4:23 pm

And just now a USAF SOF Do-328 has been interned at Banda Aceh's BTJ/WITT airport...
Reason: No overflying permit... and the aircraft reported volunteered to land at BTJ after requested by our military through the ATC (saves us from sending fighters to intercept). Aircraft reportedly was going from Maldives to Singapore.

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