The Sherpa 330 is made by the Shorts Brothers in Northern Ireland and is known as a flying wing because of its unique, aerodynamic body shape. The Sherpa has a cruise speed of 160 knots, carries up to 10 jumpers and is jumped from a stand-up position. It has a range of approximately 300 miles and is currently still used at Redding. (California Smokejumpers-Redding about aircraft)The first photo gallery that I want to share is from mtfireflyer on flickr "Shorts C-23A Sherpa" that includes 14 photos and three videos. I am hopefully successful in embedding two of mtfireflyers videos below. I have had trouble with these videos in the firefox browser, but I was able to get them to play in Chrome and Safari. My apologies if the code doesn't work for you.
- Shorts Sherpa C-23A on the ramp at Missoula, Montana
- Inside the Sherpa
- Sherpa cockpit
- Sherpa static line (automatic parachute deployment)