Home > Newsroom Article > Quest Triplog: Rubbing Shoulders with the Very Best

Quest Triplog: Rubbing Shoulders with the Very Best

Monday, August 30, 2010...The military arguably operates the most capable purpose-built aircraft in the world and, apparently, they think the KODIAK might fit right in.

KODIAK's capability suits many interests. We are currently exploring how the KODIAK might fit the United States military's needs for light mobility as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles. Without modification, KODIAK is ready for heavy hauling, fast long range flying, and short, unwelcoming fields. The news is that it apparently does those things well enough to be considered by forces capable of acquiring the best equipment in the world.

The story started early this year, when we responded to an invitation from the military to show off the KODIAK's short field takeoff and landing capabilities for a Special Forces group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. We were invited back a few months later and apparently word had gotten around. What we intended as a quick return out and back to Fort Bragg became an eight day tour for America's forces.

Initially interest was pretty specific. Special Forces wanted to see the aircraft's short takeoff capability...as did the Air Force. But then the Army got wind of things. They decided they needed to see takeoffs and landings too...but they also wanted to test the aircraft's suitability for deploying paratroopers and drop boxes while testing a new drop box design. And so it was that our trip to North Carolina culminated with a KODIAK on loan for military exercises over Texas and New Mexico near Fort Bliss...

...where a full load of US Army soldiers prepped test boxes...

...and tossed cargo out of the aircraft...

...while we flew in and out of a strip freshly bulldozed into the New Mexican desert.

With KODIAK, there isn't a better way to spend time than a day on dirt and the guys in camo, who made it possible, seemed to be having as much fun as we were. Thanks to all of you. We had a great time.

Now, we're under no illusions that this means we'll be shipping hundreds of KODIAKs to the U.S. armed forces. But we are humbled that our airplane's capabilities apparently put it on the radar, and in the company of, the very best aircraft in the world.