C-23 Sherpa

Current Status:

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) Aircraft Office operates the NASA C-23 Sherpa research aircraft available to support airborne science research. The C-23 is used to perform scientific research, provide logistics support on an as-needed basis to other airborne science missions, and can be used as a technology test bed for new airborne and satellite instrumentation. This aircraft is also available to support range surveillance and recovery operations as needed. The C-23 is a self-sufficient aircraft that can operate from short field civilian and military airports to remote areas of the world in support of scientific studies and other operations. The C-23 is a two-engine turboprop aircraft designed to operate efficiently, under the most arduous conditions, in a wide range of mission configurations. The large square-section cargo hold, with excellent access at both ends (4 side fuselage doors and aft cargo ramp), and a 7000 pound payload, offers ready flexibility to perform a variety of missions. The aircraft also has 22 cabin windows as well as a nose cargo area available for installations. An internal auxillary fuel tank is also available which is capable of extending the aircraft range to 1,000nm and 7 hours endurance.

The Aircraft Office is committed to providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective platforms for airborne research.

NASA GSFC Wallops Flight Facility
Conventional Aircraft
5 hours (payload and weather dependent)
Useful Payload: 
7,000 lbs
Gross Take-off Weight: 
27,100 lbs
Onboard Operators: 
Max Altitude: 
20,000 ft
Air Speed: 
190 knots
600 Nmi
115VAC, 28VDC
Point(s) of Contact: 

Mike Cropper

Work: (757) 824-2140
Mobile: (757) 894-7102
Fax: (757) 854-4616