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imnohero
01-26-2014, 01:38 PM
C27s go to the coast guard and Army special ops.

http://www.stripes.com/news/us/1b-in-air-force-cargo-planes-sent-to-boneyard-get-new-missions-1.263134

Good deal for the Coast Guard, they didn't spend a dime out of their budget and get brand new planes in exchange for old C130s. Army SpecOps is where the 27s were supposed to go in the first place.

BOSS302
01-26-2014, 05:22 PM
C27s go to the coast guard and Army special ops.

http://www.stripes.com/news/us/1b-in-air-force-cargo-planes-sent-to-boneyard-get-new-missions-1.263134

Good deal for the Coast Guard, they didn't spend a dime out of their budget and get brand new planes in exchange for old C130s. Army SpecOps is where the 27s were supposed to go in the first place.

What a cluster.

Absinthe Anecdote
01-26-2014, 05:32 PM
The C-27 is actually a bad assed little aircraft, but if we didn't have a need for it, WTF?

imnohero
01-26-2014, 05:41 PM
The C-27 is actually a bad assed little aircraft, but if we didn't have a need for it, WTF?

We (the air force) did and does have a "need"...they just think it costs too much. The army and the coast guard also have a need and are willing to pay for it. The WTF part is why did the AF fight so hard to get control of the program they didn't want and wouldn't pay for?

At least the planes aren't going to sit in the boneyard and rot and the $ spent aren't completely wasted.

TomTom093
01-27-2014, 02:07 AM
The C-27 is actually a bad assed little aircraft, but if we didn't have a need for it, WTF?

Because it creates manufacturing jobs in some shitty Congressman's district.

Juggs
01-27-2014, 02:20 AM
The AF is constantly bitching about full filling Army needs. The Army does NEED smaller cargo, AND smaller light attack aircraft. If the AF is looking at scrapping capes that would great impact our primary customer (earth man) then need to have that ability in house.

USASOC is now drooling over these things and will greatly appreciate them.

As for the coasties I think they'll greatly benefit from these new aircraft. Instead of using a larger 130, for they will be able to use smaller lighter aircraft that don't require as much fuel or space.

Absinthe Anecdote
01-27-2014, 02:27 AM
Because it creates manufacturing jobs in some shitty Congressman's district.

I'm pretty sure those little bastards are made in Italy.

Brother, can they turn tight, I got to fly as an observer on one with an Italian aircrew when they were running a series of tests on their capability to operate in environments without air superiority.

At low altitudes, the Italians made an US F-16 make three passes before it got a kill shot. Pretty fucking amazing when you consider we are talking about a turbo-prop cargo aircraft.