The C-26 fleet is located in Europe and Hawaii. The four C-26D aircraft in Europe provide rapid response cargo and passenger transportation as well as forward deployment logistics support, and the two RC-26D aircraft and one EC-26D aircraft in Hawaii support range operations at Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands.
The C-26 is the military variant of the commercial Model SA-227-DC (Metro 23) aircraft series manufactured by Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. It is an all-metal, low wing, cabin-class aircraft with two Allied Signal TPE331-12 turboprop engines. The flight deck and cabin are pressurized for high-altitude flight. This aircraft incorporates a cargo door with an integral airstair door to permit easy entry and egress. With a maximum payload capacity of 5,020 pounds, the cabin can be configured to accommodate passengers, cargo or both.
|General Characteristics, C-26|
|Primary Function: Light passenger and cargo airlift (C-26) and range support (EC/RC-26).|
|Contractor: Fairchild Aircraft Company/Maintained by M-7.|
|Date Deployed: 1998|
|Unit Cost: NA (Transferred from Air Force/C-26B).|
|Propulsion: Two Allied Signal (Garrett) TPE331-12UAR turboprop engines; each deliver 1,100 shaft horsepower.|
|Length: 59 feet 5 inches (18.1 meters).|
|Height: 16 feet 8 inches (5.1 meters).|
|Weight: Max. gross takeoff: 16,500 pounds.|
|Airspeed: Max. 290 knots (537 kph).|
|Ceiling: 25,000 feet.|
|Range: 1,800 nautical miles.|
|Crew: Two; Passenger Capacity: 19.|
|Last Update: 17 February 2009|