Alenia Aermacchi has completed test with winglets on the C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter. The winglets were first noticed during Airheadsfly.com’s visit to the C-27J production facility in Turin in February. According to the Italian company, it’s one of a series of product developments underway on the Spartan.
The winglets aim to improve the overall flight performance of the aircraft by increasing the lift-drag ratio. In-service benefits include improved hot and high runway performance, increased payload, range, endurance and the overall deriving reduction in operating costs.
First flight with the modified aircraft took place from Turin on 15 June. The flight test campaign allowed to collect data to verify the design objectives achievements. The tests provide the basis for a substantiated decision to incorporate winglets into the C-27J design, also in the configuration such as gunship and surveillance aircraft.
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Featured image (top): The winglet-modified Spartan. (Image © Best Shot Aircraft)