US Coast Guard ac­quires CN235

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The US Coast Guard (USCG) Avi­a­tion Lo­gis­tics Cen­ter has pur­chased the pro­to­type CN235 air­craft and plans to trans­form it into an HC-144A main­te­nance train­ing unit. The HC-144A is based on the Air­bus Mil­i­tary CN235 tac­ti­cal air­lifter. More than 230 CN235s are in ser­vice around the world.

The trans­for­ma­tion will con­fig­ure the CN235 with sys­tems from the HC-144. The sys­tems will have built-in faults that will al­low main­te­nance per­son­nel the op­por­tu­nity to learn trou­bleshoot­ing on ac­tual HC-144 air­craft.

“It is very sat­is­fy­ing to see this air­frame be­ing used as an in­te­gral part of the HC144A pro­gramme,” said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North Amer­ica Chair­man and CEO. “We look for­ward to its per­form­ing many years of ser­vice in train­ing the tech­ni­cians who will keep the fleet safe in the air.”

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