Spartan Air Show in Bucharest

Romanian C-27J demo Bucharest
Romanian C-27J Spartan demo, Bucharest International Air Show 2019.

On 24 August 2019 the Bucharest International Air Show (BIAS) ran for its eleventh time. The event, held at the Aurel Vlaicu Airport in Baneasa, Romania, has become a very beautiful show over the years, offering the opportunity to take pictures and admire several aircraft of the Romanian Air Force (RoAF). In addition to our event report, this article focuses on the RoAF C-27J Spartan. The medium-size transport aircraft was one of the most acclaimed participants of the event, it performed three-ship formation fly-bys, a solo demo and a suggestive nighttime flares launch. The RoAF is one of the main users of the aircraft and over the years it has exploited all the multi-role capabilities of the Spartan such as the fire-fighting one.

During the 10-minute flying display, the Romanian pilots have shown how the Spartan is able to perform tight turns in rapid sequence.

The aerobatic abilities of the C-27J are well known around Europe, thanks to the performences carried out by the Reparto Sperimentale Volo of the Italian Air Force. Italian pilots have received many awards over the past few years, such as the two trophies won at the RIAT 2011. Every time the heavy aircraft throws a tonneau, the public wonders how it is possible. It is the result of the long experience developed by the aerospace company Leonardo in the sector in addition to the ability of the Italian airmen. However, Spartan's ability to perform 3g tactical maneuvers is just a taste of what it can do.

The C-27J boasts the unique ability to operate from the most rudimentary airstrips and perform short takeoffs and landings (STOL) in extreme environmental condition. In addition, it is able to operate in extreme temperature conditions, -55°C to ISA+ 35°C (i.e. +50°C at sea level) and carry its load in very hot and high areas. It can be quickly configured to carry out tactical transport including troops, cargo, paratroops and cargo airdrop, Medevac/Casevac, VIP but also transport for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support and firefighting. 85 aircraft have already been sold to 15 operators on five continents. 85 aircraft have already been sold to 15 operators across five continents.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Images: Kiril Todorov

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