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Alenia C27J Spartan
A34-002
Londonderry Drop Zone
9th October 2015

 
     
  C-27J Spartan Image Gallery  
     
 

Ten Alenia C-27J Spartans were ordered in May 2012 to replaced the RAAF's retired DHC-4 Caribou fleet.
Initial assembly is taking place at the
Alenia Aermacchi Capodichino factory with final assembly and test flights at the Turin Plant and Turin-Caselle Airport. The aircraft are then being flown to
L-3 Platform Integration Division (PID),  in Waco Texas for systems integration and to bring them up to the Joint Cargo Aircraft configuration.
Once delivered to the RAAF, these aircraft
will be based at Richmond initially before being based at Amberley and operated by 35 Squadron.
Deliveries were due to be completed in 2015 with
Initial Operating Capability expected to be achieved in mid to late 2016.
As of June 2017 only five have been delivered.

 

 

 
RAAF.Serial USAF.Serial C/N Test Registration Aircraft history
A34-001 12-27048 4179/AUS01 I-EASC Fuselage of A34-001 manufactured at Alenia Aermacchi’s Capodichino factory,
T
ransported to Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin plant for final assembly in 12/2012.
19/12/1013 first Flight at Turin-Caselle Airport, Italy,
15/04/2014 to
L-3 Platform Integration Division (PID), Waco, Texas for systems integration,
24/06/2015 arrived at RAAF Townsville Qld.
25/06/2015 arrived RAAF
Richmond
, NSW at 1520hrs
30/06/2015 35 Squadron Acceptance Ceremony at RAAF Richmond,
24/09/2015 displayed over Canberra ACT along with A34-002
7-9/10/2015 conducted first air drop training sorties
over Londonderry Drop Zone, NSW
12-14/10/2015 first passenger carrying flight trials Fairburn ACT to Edinburgh SA

Highlight for Album: C-27J Spartan A34-001     

A34-002 12-27049 4181/AUS02 I-RAII

Assembled by Alenia Aermacchi at Capodichino & Turin,
04/2014 flight tested in Turin as I-RAII,
Note: The Registration I-RAII was also carried by C-27J C/N 4172 which became 10-27023 for the US Army,
16/04/2014 Noted at Gander International Airport, Canada, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbH8UBmLDgk
20/05/2014 noted at St Johns, Newfoundland Canada,

??/05/2014 to
L-3 Platform Integration Division (PID), , Waco, Texas for systems integration,
12-13/09/2015 on static display at Misawa Air Show Japan en-route to Australia
17/09/2105 arrived Cairns, Qld from Andersen AFB, Guam as "Aussie 636"
18/09/2015 delivered
to 35 Squadron at Richmond, NSW
24/09/2015 displayed over Canberra ACT along with A34-001
7-9/10/2015 conducted first air drop training sorties
over Londonderry Drop Zone, NSW

Highlight for Album: C-27J Spartan A34-002

A34-003 12-27050 4182/AUS03 I-RAID Assembled by Alenia Aermacchi at Capodichino & Turin,
30/06/2015 Noted undertaking flight test at Turin as I-RAID,
Note: The Registration I-RAID was also carried by C-27J C/N 4129 which became N359TA then 07-27010 for the US Army,
Arrived Darwin 17/10/2016
Delivered to 35 Squadron 10/2016
S
tatic display during the 2017 Australian International Airshow.

Highlight for Album: C-27J Spartan A34-003

A34-004 12-27051 ????/AUS04   Delivery was delayed due to undercarriage failure at Waco Texas on 18/05/2016.
Following repairs A34-004 was finally delivered 03/2017

Highlight for Album: C-27J Spartan A34-004

A34-005 12-27052 ????/AUS05   Delivered to 35 Squadron at Richmond in late 2016.

Highlight for Album: C-27A Spartan A34-005

A34-006 12-27053 ????/AUS06   Delivery was expected to 35 Squadron at Richmond in 2015/16.
Still not delivered as
of 17/06/2017
A34-007 12-27054 ????/AUS07 I-RAIB Delivery was expected to 35 Squadron at Richmond in 2015/16.
Still not delivered as on 13/12/2016
Spotted re-fuelling at Edinburgh Scotland 10/01/2017 transiting
Turin, Italy westbound to Keflavik in Iceland
Ferry registration I-RAIB
(Probably heading to to
L-3 Platform Integration Division (PID), Waco, Texas for systems integration)
25/06/2017 Arrived RAAF Richmond

Highlight for Album: C-27J Spartan A34-007
 

A34-008 12-27055 ????/AUS08 I-PTFN Delivery was expected to 35 Squadron at Richmond in 2015/16.
Noted flying at Turin Italy as I-PTFN on 20th April 2017

Highlight for Album: Spartan A34-008
 

A34-009 12-27056 ????/AUS09   Delivery was expected to 35 Squadron at Richmond in 2015/16.
Still not delivered as
of 17/06/2017
A34-010 12-27057 ????/AUS10   Delivery was expected to 35 Squadron at Richmond in 2015/16.
Still not delivered as
of 17/06/2017
 
     
   
     

The Authors of this page are Martin Edwards and Brendan Cowan

Sources: Defence PR, Australian Aviation, http://www.airport-data.com/manuf/Alenia.html, Airforce Monthly Issue 317 August 2014, http://stjohns247.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/tuesday-20-may-2014.html, www.scramble.nl, http://www.airframes.org/, http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/2012.html ,

Emails: Brendan Cowan, Dave Soderstrom, Andrew McLaughlin, Gordon Birkett, David Inskip, Alberto Cucini, Rick Wise.

Updated 28th June 2017

 

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