Tucano question at Nellis
Photos of operational aircraft from bases, airports and "spotter" outings
Tue 16 Mar 2010, 7:02 pm
Could somebody help me identifying this Tucano?
It landed at Nellis AFB on march 5th with callsign “Pony 1”.
The number on the plane says 163056 but in all databases that is a MH-53E.
thanks helping me with the puzzle...
Tue 16 Mar 2010, 7:05 pm
That'll be one of the beasties that USSOCOM are using to evaluate the SuperTuc as a CAS/ISTAR asset for special forces, believe the navy are the ones operating it? Fantastic catch!
Tue 16 Mar 2010, 7:06 pm
One suspects with the purpose of all the bits and pieces attached, and the lack of markings, the operator would rather we didn't know...
Tue 16 Mar 2010, 7:13 pm
It says 'Fury' on the rear of the aircraft.
Tue 16 Mar 2010, 7:17 pm
MMMM nice, thats a tuccano I wouldn't mind seeing...
A little help from "google" brought up this http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=3989450
Tue 16 Mar 2010, 7:31 pm
The programme that this aircraft is being reviewed under is "Imminent Fury".
The Bu No. on the side of the aircraft is false and is in fact correctly associated with a MH-53E.
These aircraft, if purchased, will provide air support for Navy SEAL type activities, hence the Navy bureau number.
Of note is the rearing stallion on the engine cover.
A great catch of a very interesting machine.
Tue 16 Mar 2010, 9:33 pm
Cute, cute, cute.
Tue 16 Mar 2010, 9:49 pm
Great catch, one for the mags??
Wed 17 Mar 2010, 12:36 am
This one?http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry ... rtxt=314TG
Last edited by 747woody
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Wed 17 Mar 2010, 5:42 am
Great catch! I really love the Super Tuc!
Isn't it from Blackwater?
Next month there will be dozens of them here, can't wait to see those humming birds.
Wed 17 Mar 2010, 6:31 pm
Can't see any DAS... Theatre Entry Standard....? Great catch though.
Fri 19 Mar 2010, 10:25 am
My word, I bet 'they' would rather you hadn't taken a photo of that......lovely catch....get it to the mags!
Fri 19 Mar 2010, 12:09 pm
now thats a sexy aircraft!!!
Fri 19 Mar 2010, 4:47 pm
This is similar to the Supertuc the R A F are looking at for use in Afghanistan. With its 6 hour endurance they are looking at a system similar to cab rank used in ww2.
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