Re: N623BA

Message posted by quellish on September 15, 2011 at 18:46:37 PST:

A few things.

The 427th Special Operations Squadron provides training and support to special operations units. They fly commercially available STOL aircraft such as the PC-6 and CN-235. The 427th does not have any airliners. The 427th is based at Pope AFB, and you can clearly make out their part of the ramp on Google Earth. 427th aircraft are regular visitors at several locations inside the Nevada test ranges, primarily to support parachute training. This is also why they are often seen at locations in FL, AZ, NM, and even Salt Flat, TX.

The 486th Flight Test Squadron provides support to special operations forces as well as other government agencies. The 486th flies C-32s (757s) and is based at Eglin AFB. You can see some of their all-white aircraft easily in Google Earth on several of the Eglin range's airfields.

The 6th Special Operations Squadron is based at Hurlburt Field, at Eglin AFB. 6th SOS specializes in training foreign militaries and as such operates a collection of unusual aircraft, including several Russian made aircraft.

IIRC someone at KVGT has a contract with AF systems command, which explains why a lot of aircraft go there for gas and service.

In Reply to: Re: N623BA posted by wheresjanet on September 12, 2011 at 23:40:27 PST:


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