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The RC/EC/C-26D is the military utility transport version of the Fairchild Metroliner 23 commercial light-lift aircraft. C-26Dís provide rapid-response transports for high-priority resupply and personnel movement personnel to remote, un-serviced or feeder sites, while RC/EC-26D aircraft support range operations at Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Hawaii.
It is a multipurpose, low wing, twin engine business turboprop monoplane with an engine on each wing. With a maximum payload capacity of 5,020 pounds, the cabin can be configured to accommodate passengers, cargo or both. The aircraft incorporates a cargo door with an integral air-stair door to permit easy entry and access.
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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: 13 April 2017