Thursday, May 7, 2020

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-006 "Kaos 20" Spotted at Bundaberg Airport

On Thursday 7 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-006 was spotted completing airwork at Bundaberg Airport.

The Spartan looked to fly up from RAAF Base Amberley and completed airwork around the rum city including completing at least two touch-and-go approaches at Bundaberg Airport.

A34-006 was flying as "Kaos 20" and then looked to return to Amberley.

Meanwhile, it appears that on Wednesday 6 May, fellow RAAF C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-008 "Wallaby 16" completed airwork around Blackwater or Emerald Airports while on a training flight out of RAAF Base Amberley.

The Alenia C-27J Spartan is a military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi.  The RAAF operates 10 of the C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter after they were ordered back in May 2012 to replace the now-retired De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou fleet.

The RAAF C-27J Spartan aircraft complements the capabilities of the current C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster aircraft and uses common C-130J Hercules infrastructure and aircraft systems such as engines, avionics and the cargo handling systems.  They will be equipped with missile warning systems, electronic self-protection and battlefield armour allowing them to operate freely in high-threat environments.

The current 10 Spartan aircraft are based at RAAF Base Amberley and operated by 35 Squadron.  Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the C-27J was achieved in December 2016, while Final Operating Capability (FOC) was declared in late 2019.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Isaac S for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Isaac S  ©

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