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ALENIA Spartan (C-27J) (08-7014) - Here is another photo from my picture files from years ago .... and this is another one that I definitely want in my FA folder ... because it is quite rare. It is a photo of an Alenia (Alenia Aeronautica/Alenia Aermacchi) C-27J "Spartan" (c/n 4051, USAF 08-27014). But the factor that makes this pic "rare" is not that it is a picture of a Spartan -- there are lots of photos of Spartans. This snap is rare because of the markings on it: 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air Guard (Mansfield tail flash). This pic was taken in 2012 when 08-7014 was being flown by the 179th AWs 164th Airlift Squadron. This aircraft was less than four years old; yet just 14 months later (in Aug, 2013), this one was sent to the AMARG boneyard at Davis Monthan (along with all other brand new C-27Js, including several that were delivered STRAIGHT FROM THE ASSEMBLY LINE DIRECTLY TO THE BONEYARD!). Millions of US $$$$ in brand new military aircraft went straight from Alenias plant to the graveyard. So this photo is rare because there are almost no pics of it wearing these Ohio Air Guard markings. However, the US Coast Guard came to the rescue and saved all those discarded Spartans at AMARG from extinction. Today, this same C-27J now flies with United States Coast Guard paint and is assigned USCG reg #2705.
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ALENIA Spartan (C-27J) (08-7014)

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Here is another photo from my picture files from years ago .... and this is another one that I definitely want in my FA folder ... because it is quite rare. It is a photo of an Alenia (Alenia Aeronautica/Alenia Aermacchi) C-27J "Spartan" (c/n 4051, USAF 08-27014). But the factor that makes this pic "rare" is not that it is a picture of a Spartan -- there are lots of photos of Spartans. This snap is rare because of the markings on it: 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air Guard (Mansfield tail flash). This pic was taken in 2012 when 08-7014 was being flown by the 179th AW's 164th Airlift Squadron. This aircraft was less than four years old; yet just 14 months later (in Aug, 2013), this one was sent to the AMARG boneyard at Davis Monthan (along with all other brand new C-27Js, including several that were delivered STRAIGHT FROM THE ASSEMBLY LINE DIRECTLY TO THE BONEYARD!). Millions of US $$$$ in brand new military aircraft went straight from Alenia's plant to the graveyard. So this photo is rare because there are almost no pics of it wearing these Ohio Air Guard markings. However, the US Coast Guard came to the rescue and saved all those discarded Spartans at AMARG from extinction. Today, this same C-27J now flies with United States Coast Guard paint and is assigned USCG reg #2705.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
During our tour inside this aircraft, we were briefed that one extremely interesting feature of this particular cargo aircraft is that it can fly while inverted. I've always figured that the Ohio AG crewperson who told us that bit of info was kidding ... if it actually DID fly inverted, all the cargo (AND any troops being transported) would "fall to the roof." So he had to have been pulling our leg. (lol)
Tom Vance
Why inverted, would be my big Q? Great history here Gman! I did a DT also, never seen a Mansfield bird. Is that the "Skipper" on the right?
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Alien, no, he sure isn't the "skipper." Actually, he (and his buddies) made me chuckle when I saw them. This was at an open house event. The crowd was quite large. This guy in the shot was walking around trying to pretend like he was just another person there to see the planes. In truth, he was plainclothes security. These guys always give themselves away (so easy to ID if you know what to look for), and this guy was no exception. There were at least six of his buddies at the event. After spotting six of them, I got bored looking for more and went back to viewing and photographing the aircraft at the event.
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