Italian Air Force C-27J Spartan fleet logs 50000 flight hours

Italian C27J 50000 flight hours
The personnel of the ITAF 46th Air Brigade pose in front of a C-27J Spartan special color aircraft on the occasion of the 50,000 flight hours milestone for the Italian Spartan fleet.

The Italian Air Force C-27J Spartan fleet recently hit 50,000 flight hours. This major milestone was reached on 17 August 2022 by a crew of the 46a Brigata Aerea (46th Air Brigade) composed of the Commander of the 46th AB, General Alessandro De Lorenzo, the Commander of the 98th Flight Group, Lieutenant Colonel Diego Urso and the on-board operator, Marshal Alberto Rodio on a mission with the C-27J "Lupo 88 (Wolf 88)" Special Color aircraft.

The C-27J tactical transport aircraft, manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi (Leonardo), joined the Italian Air Force fleet on 11 January 2006. Since then the Spartan has successfully carried out countless missions around the world. It carried out humanitarian flights from Afghanistan to IRAQ, from the United States to the Philippines, as well as domestic transport missions during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

As underlined by the Italian Air Force, the C-27J proved effective and versatile in all the different configurations. The EC-27J JEDI (Jamming and Electronic Defense Instrumentation) variant provided the safety frame in the electromagnetic spectrum needed in Theaters of War. At the same time, the tactical transport variant has been enriched over the years with additional capabilities, achieved thanks to the integration of additional modules such as Bio-containment stretchers for patients who need total isolation.

The C-27J aircraft, which is currently used by 16 countries, is well known among aviation enthusiasts for its great maneuverability as demonstrated at the recent Royal International Air Tatto (15-17 July 2022), where the performnec of the C-27J by the ITAF Reparto Sperimentale Volo was awarded the "The Sir Douglas Bader Trophy" for the best solo demo.

The 50,000 hour milestone confirms the aircraft's technical capabilities in operations to support real needs. The 46th Air Brigade has thus chosen to honor the milestone reached by the C27-J fleet with a special color that shows the dedication and courage with which the "Wolves" of the 98th Flight Group have operated and with which they have given prestige to Italy through the Italian Air Force.

Italian C27J 50000 flight hours

Italian C27J 50000 flight hours

Italian C27J 50000 flight hours

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images: Italian Air Force

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