Published December 13, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Primary Function: Flexible, rapid, intra-theater mobility for Special Operations Forces
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
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)