Designation: N22S

Government Aircraft Factory N22S

Government Aircraft Factories N22S Searchmaster

A picture of the Government Aircraft Factories N22S Searchmaster

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.  They were 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.

Wingspan 54 ft

Wingspan

Length 46 ft 3 in.

Length

Height 18 ft 2 in.

Height

Weight 8,500 pounds (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 193 knots

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 27,000 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 730 miles

Range

Engines Two Allison 250B17C turboprops with 420 horsepower each

Engines

Crew 4

Crew


Manufacturer
Government Aircraft Factories

Markings
United States Customs Service, 1998

Designation
N22S

Registration
N6328

Serial Number
N22S163

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