Shorts C-23B 'Sherpa'
|Notes: C-23A modified with larger wings, bigger engines, 6-BLADE props, and inward opening doors to provide airdrop capabilities.|
|  Base model:||C-23|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Tri-Service|
|  Designation Period:||1962-Present|
|  Basic role:||Transport|
Known serial numbers
|85-25342 / 85-25345, 88-1861 / 88-1870, 90-7011 / 90-7016, 93-1317 / 93-1325, 94-0307 / 94-0314
Recent comments by our visitors
| Shane Bak|
You can find a wooden model of the Shorts 330 and 360 quite often on ebay. I'm most likely flying one of the C-23A models you used to work on for the Forest Service dropping Smokejumpers. Good luck to ya finding a model.
02/05/2008 @ 08:57 [ref: 19562]
| john ruehle|
| I use to be stationed at Zweibrucken AFB. Worked on the C-23a's. Can you tell me where I can get a Wooden Model of one?
04/10/2007 @ 04:59 [ref: 16149]
| Virgil Johnson|
| I have heard that some of the C23's the army operates are being retired and will be surplussed. Do you have any information to that effect?
06/12/2005 @ 22:10 [ref: 10458]
| BRIAN MIRSBERGER|
| 16 of these were manufactured by Shorts in Belfast. 28 C-23B+ models were converted from retired passenger SD3-60 aircraft. This required he removal of a 36" fuselage extention and grafting on a new SD3-30 style dual vertical stabilizer tail with a ramp/jump door. The US Army operated a combined fleet of 44 C23B & C23B+ aircraft.
Contrary to the information in the listing of the C23b, these aircraft have Hartzell 5-bladed props (model# HPC-B3A)
The wing is no different than the C23A. the B & the B+ models do have larger engines and heavier landing gear than the C23A models. (PT6-65AR engines and Dowty landing gear vs. PT6-45R and Menasco landing gear on the C23A.
08/01/2000 @ 22:48 [ref: 540]
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