Need help in identifying this Air Force prop plane...


#1

Howdy :slight_smile: I’m looking for some help in identifying the aircraft below. It was passing through town yesterday and it reminds me of the Dornier 328-100, but I can’t find any information about what kind of aircraft it actually is and I can’t seem to find a reference to the tail number either. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

http://e0.photos.flightcdn.com/photos/retriever/7addc183ace55c2742e0b888dfb778233a5a8bbc

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#2

Short C-23 Sherpa


#3

No way, try this one airport-data.com/aircraft/N319TW.html
Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Sp Z M-28-05 SKYTRUCK


#4

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That’s the one…I just looked up the entry on wikipedia, and apparently the Air Force has taken delivery of 10 Skytrucks. I appreciate the help, I was having no luck finding any information on the aircraft beforehand. :slight_smile:


#5

A Polish derivative of the Antonov 28.

The tail number/serial is a bit of an enigma though.
There are 10 M28s on the US civil register, 8 “owned” by AFSOC and 2 by Sierra Nevada Corp:

N-Number Serial Number Name
279DH AJE00321 US AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
305ST AJE00305 SIERRA NEVADA CORP
310MV AJE00310 AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
317JG AJE00317 U S AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
319TW AJE00319 U S AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATION COMMAND
323FG AJE00323 US AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
324HA AJE00324 US AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
329JD AJE00329 SIERRA NEVADA CORP
362DD AJE00326 US AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
824KD AJE00320 US AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

The 10329 ought to indicate a USAF serial 11-0329 but I find no reference to that and it doesn’t fit with the 2009 delivery dates either.

Taking a wild guess, I’d say this is a bit of subterfuge (Special Forces after all) and the airplane is actually N329JD in disguise. SNC is heavily involved with defense contracts so whatever they use the M28s for is probably “need to know”, and you don’t :laughing: .

Fascinating stuff: strikehold.net/2009/02/17/us … skytrucks/


#6

More than likely a ‘special ops’ type operator, does the odd out-of-place serial simply tie in with the the construction number of the aircraft suggesting a number of out of sequence military serials??

IN