RAAF C-27J Spartan A34-001 in the air for the first time (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)

First Aussie Spartan arrives Down Under

The first Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) arrived in Australia on Thursday 25 June. The aircraft flew to RAAF Base Richmond following modifications and training in the US, where the aircraft resided ever since first delivery by Italian aircraft manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi.

Australia has ten Spartans on order, all of which are being modified by L-3 Integrated Systems in  Waco, Texas. The first aircraft arrived in Waco in March last year, with flight training for RAAF crews starting last December. The aircraft finally departed Waco on 15 June, arriving in Down Under ten days later.

The second aircraft is to arrive in August. The Australian Spartan fleet is to call RAAF Base Amberley home in the end. See here for a feature story on the Spartan here at Airheadsfly.com.

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Featured image: An RAAF Spartan seen during a test flight from the Alenia Aermacchi facility in Turin. (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)