U.S Coast Guard, Forest Service Sparring Over C-27Js

By Amy Butler , Jen DiMascio
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 02, 2013
Credit: U.S. Air Force

Once a U.S. Air Force castoff, the C-27J tactical airlifter has become a hot commodity in the U.S. government's aircraft fleet.

The USAF's decision early this year to mothball its 21 brand-new, twin-engine C-27Js—labeling the Alenia Aermacchi transports a niche capability too expensive to sustain alongside its other airlifters—triggered an interagency squabble between the U.S. Forest Service, bent on using them as much-needed firefighting tankers, and the U.S. Coast Guard, which was intent on employing them to plug a gap in maritime patrol capability.

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