Alexia Aermacchi HC-27 Spartan—new aircraft type for the USCG
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recently acquired 14 Spartans from the U.S. Air Force primarily for medium range surveillance missions. Obviously, these aircraft can be utilized for most of the USCG spectrum of duties—also including patrol, supply search and rescue, as well as interdiction. Spartans were originally designed and built for NATO by Alexia Aermacchi with assistance by Lockheed so it is of small surprise that the cockpit layout, engines and propellers are the same as the C-130 Hercules. The HC-27J is 74′-6″ in length, possesses a 94′-2″ wingspan with a cruising airspeed of 290 knots. As a surveillance aircraft its most attractive qualities, perhaps, is its 12 hour endurance and range of 2675 nautical miles.