Sixth C-27J Spartan for RAAF arrives at Richmond

The newly delivered Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter (A34-007) on the flight line at RAAF base Richmond.
A34-007 on the flightline at Richmond. (Defence)

The Royal Australian Air Force’s sixth C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter (serial A34-007) arrived at RAAF Base Richmond on June 25, having completed its delivery flight from the US.

Meanwhile, C-27J, C-130J Hercules tactical airlifter and B300 King Air aircraft, and MRH90 multirole helicopters, have been supporting the Papua New Guinea election by delivering election material.

And in other Spartan news, 35 Squadron graduated its first six Australian-trained technicians on June 6; previously, initial training on the C-27J had been conducted in the US.

The first local pilot and loadmaster courses are due to start in July, with pilots conducting some simulator work in Italy. Training will be relocated to RAAF Base Amberley when the squadron moves there from 2019.

Royal Australian Air Force pilot Flight Lieutenant Oliver Kersnovski, from No. 35 Squadron, walks to a C-27J Spartan during Operation Hannah in Papua New Guinea.
A pilot walks to a C-27J in Papua New Guinea during Operation Hannah. (Defence)