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NATIONAL GUARD DECOMMISSIONS AIRCRAFT

The Rhode Island National Guard Decommissions C-23 Sherpa

CRANSTON, RI –The Rhode Island National Guard’s two C-23 Sherpas will depart Quonset Air National Guard Base on Tuesday at 10 a.m., to be decommissioned in Oklahoma later this week.

The Rhode Island National Guard acquired the C-23 Sherpa in 1994. The aircraft flew missions all over the world including two deployments to Iraq and missions as far south as Columbia. The C-23 Sherpa is designed for passenger transportation, static line and military free fall paradrops, CASEVAC and cargo transportation up to 7200 pounds. The C-23 is crewed by two pilots and one flight engineer.

The Air Force assumed control of the C-23 program and plans to replace the C-23 on missions with the C-130.

Media is invited to attend this event.

Go to the Army Aviation Support Facility main entrance to attend the event.