Luftwaffe M28 Skytrucks

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Germany’s Luftwaffe has made a surprise move, with an announcement for the lease for two M28 Skytruck aircraft used for parachute training following evaluation. Both aircraft are fitted with an underfuselage cargo pod with a useable volume of 1.3m3 (46ft3), and a maximum payload of 300kg (660lb). The Luftwaffe has until now used Transall C-160 aircraft for parachute training and its brand new A400M is too large for some training events. PZL Mielec, the Polish manufacturer of the M28, hopes the lease will lead to an order from the Luftwaffe. Gerard Keijsper