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C-146A Wolfhound

A C-146 from the 524th Special Operations Squadron based at Cannon AFB, prepares to taxi at Duke Field, Fla., Jan. 28.  The aircraft can carry a maximum of 27 passengers or 6,000 pounds of cargo.  Although this aircraft is assigned to the 524th, it supports detachments around the world.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jasmin Taylor)

A C-146 from the 524th Special Operations Squadron based at Cannon AFB, prepares to taxi at Duke Field, Fla., Jan. 28. The aircraft can carry a maximum of 27 passengers or 6,000 pounds of cargo. Although this aircraft is assigned to the 524th, it supports detachments around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jasmin Taylor)

A C-146A lifts off from the 919th Special Operations Wing runway Jan. 28 at Duke Field, Fla.  The 5th Special Operations Squadron began training reserve and active-duty Airmen in the aircraft in December.  A new 919th SOW squadron dedicated to the Wolfhound will stand up in 2015.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jasmin Taylor)

A C-146A lifts off from the 919th Special Operations Wing runway Jan. 28 at Duke Field, Fla. The 5th Special Operations Squadron began training reserve and active-duty Airmen in the aircraft in December. A new 919th SOW squadron dedicated to the Wolfhound will stand up in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jasmin Taylor)

A C-146A sits on the 919th Special Operations Wing flightline Jan. 28 at Duke Field, Fla.  The 5th Special Operations Squadron began training reserve and active-duty Airmen in the aircraft in December.  A new 919th SOW squadron dedicated to the Wolfhound will stand up in 2015.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jasmin Taylor)

A C-146A sits on the 919th Special Operations Wing flightline Jan. 28 at Duke Field, Fla. The 5th Special Operations Squadron began training reserve and active-duty Airmen in the aircraft in December. A new 919th SOW squadron dedicated to the Wolfhound will stand up in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jasmin Taylor)

Mission
The C-146A Wolfhound’s primary mission is to provide United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) flexible, responsive and operational movement of small teams needed in support of theater Special Operations Commands. Airlift missions are conducted by Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) to prepared and semi-prepared airfields around the world.

Features
The C-146A commercial variant aircraft provides multi-configurable cabin combinations for passengers and cargo, to include casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) missions. The aircraft can carry a maximum of 27 passengers or 6,000 pounds of cargo or up to four litter patients. Specially configured flight deck and cargo cabin areas allow for night vision goggle (NVG) operations to meet mission requirements.

Background
The C-146A is the military version of the Dornier 328 commuter airliner providing direct support to SOF worldwide. The C-146A was first deployed to AFRICOM in Oct 2011 and has been continuously deployed since supporting Overseas Contingency Operations and now deployed in four Geographic Combatant Commands. Fourteen of 17 aircraft have been delivered to AFSOC as of May 2013.

General Characteristics
Primary Function: Flexible, rapid, intra-theater mobility for Special Operations Forces
Builder: Dornier
Power Plant: Two Pratt and Whitney 119C engines
Thrust: 2150 shaft horsepower each engine
Wingspan: 69 feet 7 inches (21.11 meters)
Length: 68 feet 10 inches (20.98 meters)
Height: 23 feet 9 inches (7.24 meters)
Speed: 335 mph (620km/h)
Range: Approximately 1,800 nautical miles, with 2,000 lbs of cargo
Ceiling: 31,000 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 30,843 pounds
Armament: n/a
Crew: Two pilots and one loadmaster
Deployment Date: June 2011
Unit Cost: $17.6 million
Inventory: Active duty,14; Reserve, 0; ANG, 0

(Current as of December 2013)