NOMAD
NOMAD

Manufacturer

GOV'T AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Markings:

United States Customs Service, 1998

Designation:

N22S

Registration:

N6328

Serial Number:

F163

GOV'T AIRCRAFT FACTORIES N22S NOMAD

Australia's Government Aircraft Factories began work on a combination military and civil transport in the late 1960s. The prototype flew in 1970 and production began two years later. Eventually named Nomad the twin-engine turboprop aircraft served as a light cargo and passenger carrier with the Australian military and for several small Pacific nations. The N22S version was introduced in 1979. This version, called Searchmaster, is designed for aerial reconnaissance and surveillance and mounts a radar under the nose. This version was primarily used by Indonesia for maritime reconnaissance, but several were also purchased by the U.S. Customs service for border patrol duties. A total of 170 aircraft were built by 1984 when production ended.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 54 ft
  • Length: 46 ft 3 in
  • Height: 18 ft 2 in
  • Weight: 8,500 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 193 knots
  • Service Ceiling: 27,000 feet
  • Range: 730 miles
  • Engines: 2 Allison 250B17C turboprops with 420 horsepower each
  • Crew: 4