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Incredible! Italian Air Force C-27 Flying Upside Down At RIAT 2017

Photos captured by still images from Jerry Taha Productions video

Last month visitors of the Amazing Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 (RIAT) in the UK witnessed a spectacular aerobatic display from the Italian C-27J Spartan, featuring many maneuvers not usually seen performed by an airlift aircraft. It even flew upside down, wich is a spectacular and incredible maneuver to perform with a military transport aircraft, like the C-27J.

From JERRY TAHA PRODUCTIONS comes this amazing video. The video shows the C-27 performing this incredible upside down maneuver.

Not surprisingly, given the fact of its being a product of Italian firm Alenia Aermacchi, the Italian Air Force was the first country to begin operating the twin-turboprop C-27J medium transport, doing so in 2006. It has since largely replaced the Aeritalia C-222, previously G222 (C-27A Spartan in U.S. service) on which the Spartan was based, and taken part in multi-national operations, not least in Afghanistan.

The C-27J Spartan is equipped with the engines and various other systems also used on the larger Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules. In addition to the standard transport configuration, specialized variants of the C-27J have been developed for maritime patrol, search and rescue, C3 ISR (command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), fire support and electronic warfare and ground-attack missions.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Taha Productions

In 2007, the C-27J was selected as the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) for the United States military; these were produced in an international teaming arrangement under which L-3 Communications served as the prime contractor. In 2012, the U.S. Air Force elected to retire the C-27J after only a short service life due to budget cuts; they were later reassigned to the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.Special Operations Command. The C-27J has also been ordered by the military air units of Australia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, Peru, and Slovakia.

Video and story courtesy of Jerry Taha, a dedicated avgeek, writer, and videographer.

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