Gimmick or gusto? What is the point of flying an airlifter at 60 deg. pitch-up and rolling 120 deg.? Air show bravado aside, the manufacturer is trying to demonstrate that the aircraft can operate beyond what will ever be tactically required. Alenia Aeronautica has been doing its fair share of this kind of showmanship in recent months as the aircraft maker tries to persuade buyers in the Middle East, Asia and the Americas to purchase its C-27J. Alenia chief test pilot Marco ...

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