The long-running saga of the USAF's JCA program (Alenia C-27J) is expected to come to an end in a matter of months, but not before more new aircraft are delivered. In an unusual turn of events, the early termination of the program (all are slated to leave the USAF inventory by 30th September 2013) means that several brand new aircraft may go straight to the desert in Arizona.
According to the USAF's Pentagon Media Officer Ann Stefanek, the total number to be delivered will be 21. So far 15 are in service, plus two still with L-3 Communications at Waco, Texas. This leaves 4 to be delivered by Alenia from Turin, Italy. The fate of the fleet is to go into storage with the 309th AMARG at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, from where they will be offered to the other services or to governmental agencies such as the Foresty Service or the Coast Guard.
Currently the USAF bases C-27Js at Mansfield, OH, Baltimore, MD, Meridian, MS and Robins, GA.
Photo: a C-27J at Baltimore-Martin State Airport (Nigel Howarth)