GAF N22 & N24 NOMAD
The GAF Nomad is a twin-engine turboprop, braced high-winged,
STOL aircraft . It was designed and built by the Government Aircraft
Factories (GAF) at Fishermens Bend, Melbourne.
Development of the aircraft began in 1965. Two government funded
prototypes were ordered in January 1970, as the government was keen
to build an aircraft in order to maintain aircraft production at GAF
after the licence production of Dassault Mirage III aircraft ended.
The prototype (VH-SUP) first flew on 23 July 1971. The aircraft was now
known as the N2 and was aimed at the military and civilian markets.
The designation N22 was to be used for military aircraft and N24 was to
be used for the lengthened civilian version.
The original design intention was that the entire empennage would be
hinged, such that it could be swung open providing rear loading access
(the target payload was a small vehicle). This necessitated the raised
cruciform tail, which eventually caused a number of problems in
The Nomad design was considered problematic and early RAAF
evaluations were critical of the design. An early, stretched-body variant
crashed, killing GAF's chief test pilot, and assistant head designer. The
Nomad has been involved in a total of 24 total hull-loss accidents, and
Only 170 Nomads were manufactured, due to the limited foreign sales
achieved by GAF. On 18 June 2008, Gippsland Aeronautics announced
they had won bidding to take over the Nomad's type certificate and
would probably be restarting production.
Major users of the design have included the Royal Flying Doctor Service
of Australia, the Australian Army and the Australian Customs Service.
The CD includes RAAF flight manuals covering both main variants
of the GAF Nomad plus several colour brochures. The CD has been
scanned from the original manuals and retains any colour pages.
This CD contains:
1. RAAF Flight Manual for the Nomad N22 Mk 1, AAP 7211.016-1
dated 21-1-88 with approx 282 pages.
2. RAAF Flight Manual for the Nomad N24A, AAP 7211.022-1-1
dated 6-9-93 with approx 200 pages.
3. Manufacturers Specification document for the GAF N24,
undated with approx 45 pages.
4. Manufacturers colour brochure for the Nomad, titled "Nomad 22"
undated with approx 24 pages.
5. Manufacturers colour brochure for the Nomad, titled "Nomad"
manufacturers reference NGB22/75 with approx 16 pages.
6. Manufacturers colour brochure for the Nomad, titled "Nomad
N22b Technical Description" undated with approx 17 pages.
7. Manufacturers colour brochure for the Nomad, titled "Nomad
N22B and N24A" manufacturers reference NGB 003/581 with
approx 17 pages.
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