Sixteen almost new C-27J planes have been delivered to the Air Force’s Davis-Monthan Base outside of Tucson, Ariz., and it looks like there’s more on the way.
The Lockheed-Martin Spartans, mostly from Wright-Patterson A.F.B in Dayton, Ohio, have already been retired and shipped to the Arizona desert.
The Air Force specifically ordered the C-27Js in 2007, for their unique take-off and landing capabilities in underdeveloped countries with limited runways.
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and six other Democratic senators wrote a letter in 2011 urging the military to purchase up to 42 of the aircraft, saying too few planes "will weaken our national and homeland defense."
When sequestration hit, the military deemed the cargo-class transport planes unnecessary; an apparent waste of nearly $600 million.
The C-27J Spartan debacle only got worse when it was discovered that, due to Congressional language, the Air Force was almost required to purchase more of the aircraft against its better judgment.
From production line to boneyard, the C-27J Spartans nearly managed to bypass the flight line.
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