Enstrom 280C Shark
Single-engine three-seat light helicopter, U.S.A.

Archive Photos 1

Enstrom Model 280C (N170Q, 1978) on display at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro Airshow, MCAS El Toro, California (Photos by John Shupek)

Overview 2

The Enstrom F-28 and 280 are a family of small, light piston-engined helicopters produced by the Enstrom Helicopter Corporation.

Design and Development 2

Since delivering their first helicopter shortly after Federal Aviation Administration type certification of the F-28 model in April 1965, Enstrom helicopter has produced (as of 2007) approx 1,200 aircraft.

The company produces three models, the F-28, the more aerodynamic 280 and the turbine-engined 480, each with their own variants. The F-28 and 280 both use Lycoming piston engines virtually identical to those found in general aviation fixed-wing aircraft.

THe.280 was a huge design success, with a Boston-based design firm concluding a brief to make the F-28 more commercially appealing. This resulted in tHe.280 later being named by Fortune (magazine) as one of the 25 best factory-made products in the United States.

Variants 2



Operators 2

Military Operators

Law Enforcement Operators

Specifications (F-28F) 2

General Characteristics



  1. Shupek, John. Photos, copyright © 2000 Skytamer Images. All Rights Reserved
  2. Wikipedia, Enstrom F-28

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