Compare the NSF/NCAR Aircraft

NSF/NCAR Aircraft Performance and Research Capabilities

  NSF/NCAR GV NSF/NCAR C-130
Crew 2 pilots, 13 research crew (max 2 pilots, 13 research crew (max
Maximum Gross Weight 90,500 pounds 155,000 pounds
Maximum Landing Weight 75,300 pounds 130,000 pounds
Maximum Zero Fuel Weight 54,500 pounds 105,000 pounds
Maximum Fuel Load 41,300 pounds 62,000 pounds
Maximum Payload 8,300 pounds 23,000 pounds
Payload w/ Max Fuel 3,400 pounds  
Overall Length 96.4 feet 97.57 feet
Wing Span 93.45 feet 132.58 feet
Overall Height 25.86 feet 38.25 feet
Cabin Length  43.92 feet (excl. baggage area) 40.4 feet (excl. ramp)
Cabin Width (floor) 5.25 feet 9.96 feet
Floor to Ceiling Height 6.17 feet 9.0 feet
Maximum with External Tanks 340 KIAS/0.88 M 250 KIAS
Cruise 300 KIAS/0.83 M 210 KIAS
Turbulence Penetration 270 KIAS/0.80 M 180 KIAS
Maximum Horizontal Range* 4,500 nmi  
Maximum Flight Duration* 10 hours 10 hours (w/ reserve at best altitude)
Maximum Altitude* 51,000 feet 26,000 feet
Range: < 1,000 feet Altitude   1,925 nmi/10 hr
Range: 5,000 feet Altitude   2,060 nmi/10 hr
Range: 10,000 feet Altitude   2,225 nmi/10 hr
Range: 15,000 feet Altitude   2,430 nmi/10 hr
Range: 20,000 feet Altitude   2,630 nmi/10 hr
Range: 25,000 feet Altitude   2,720 nmi/10 hr
Takeoff Field Length: Sea Level, MGW at ISA 6,100 feet 6,300 feet
Takeoff Field Length: 5,000 feet Elevation 8,300 feet 8,500 feet
Research Power 20 kVA, 115/208 VAC at 400 Hz
21 kVA, 115 VAC at 60 Hz
5kW, 28 VDC (Wing Store Locations Only)
50 kVA, 115 VAC at 400 Hz
21 kVA, 115 VAC at 60 Hz
400 A, 28 VDC
Communications SATCOM/xchat/Data feed to ground
VHF Radio/aircraft-to-aircraft/aircraft-to-ground
HF Radio/aircraft-to-aircraft/aircraft-to-ground
SATCOM/xchat/data feed to ground
VHF Radio/aircraft-to-aircraft/aircraft-to-ground
HF Radio/aircraft-to-aircraft/aircraft-to-ground
Cabin Pressure Differential 10.48 PSI max 7.9 PSI max

*Aircraft performance depends on payload, scientific objective and location.