The first of 14 former US Air Force C-27J Spartans for the US Coast Guard has arrived at the C-27J Asset Project Office (APO) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It arrived there on November 13 and will be used to train and qualify Coast Guard aircrew and maintenance personnel, as well as develop flight and maintenance procedures for Coast Guard-specific mission profiles. Ultimately the aircraft will receive the equipment and systems needed to perform the full spectrum of Coast Guard missions.
The USCG will use the C-27Js in the medium range surveillance role for missions such as maritime patrol, drug interdiction, disaster response and search and rescue. All but one of the aircraft destined for the Coast Guard have been in storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group’s (AMARG) facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
Working at AMARG, the USCG’s regeneration team investigated the first aircraft’s history, verified the details of its configuration and inventoried the installed components, performed extensive inspections and necessary maintenance actions, and conducted a functional check flight. It was then released for transit to the APO at the USCG Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City. A second C-27J should complete regeneration at AMARG before the end of this year and two others are due to be completed by mid-2015. AFD-Alan Warnes