Gov’t Aircraft Factories N22S Nomad

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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