Make The Trade

Posted 17 November 2014
Photo by Terry Pittman

The first C-27J Spartan regenerated for the US Coast Guard (US Air Force serial number 10-27023) was flown from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, or AMARG, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, to CGAS Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on 13 November 2014. The US Air Force divested the C-27J in 2013 and thirteen Spartans were placed in storage. Delivery of the second C-27J for the Coast Guard is expected by the end of November. The Coast Guard is passing seven HC-130H Hercules transports to the US Forest Service and curtailing its buy of HC-177 aircraft in exchange for the C-27Js. The Coast Guard will use the C-27Js for maritime patrol, drug interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions.