Coast Guard the world's most proven, versatile and advanced airlifter
," Lockheed Martin Air Mobility & Maritime Missions vice president George Shultz said in a statement.
Thanks to its robustness and reliability, and with simple systems, this medium sized tactical airlifter
provides wide versatility and flexibility, necessary for personnel, troop and bulky/palletized cargo transportation, medical evacuation, communication and logistic duties or paratrooping.
The fleet's newest airlifter
is a welcome addition so that we can continue to be ready for any contingency, anywhere and anytime.
In addition to being able to land and take off on short, unimproved runways, it has the highest mission capability rate of any airlifter
From the point of view of the Defense Transportation System (DTS), even talking about ceasing production of our primary strategic and tactical airlifters
without a comprehensive vision for what the future holds is cause for much concern.
In Iraq today, our tactical airlifters
are leapfrogging across the country to deliver tons of supplies that keep hundreds of convoys off the dangerous roads.
On 31 October 2003, Lockheed Martin formally delivered the C-130J Super Hercules airlifter
to the Coast Guard in a ceremony at the Coast Guard Support Center in Elizabeth City.
Airbus also revealed it was in talks with other 'major' air forces interested in the new-generation airlifter
and EADS forecast export potential for 200 additional planes over the next two decades.
Unique physical features provide airlifters
the ability to perform their mission efficiently and will remain considerations for the next-generation airlifter
unless superseded by better, more cost-effective technologies.
In "Salvation from the Sky," Daniel Haulman writes of the critical contributions made by Air Force airlifters
in the first year of the Korean War.
The installation work -- taking place at McDonnell Douglas's Tulsa, OK, facility -- is complete on three of the airlifters
, with the fourth due by the end of September, said an Air Force official.
The C-27J Spartan is the latest in a successful tradition of military airlifters
including the C-27A Spartan and the G-222, which have been deployed by the United States, NATO, Coalition Forces, the United Nations and Italy in support of military and humanitarian operations in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Congo, Operations Desert Shield and Storm, East Timor, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Kosovo, Libya, Mali, Panama, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen.