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Not surprisingly, given the fact of its being a product of Italian firm Alenia Aermacchi, the Italian Air Force was the first country to begin operating the twin-turboprop C-27J medium transport, doing so in 2006. It has since largely superseded the Aeritalia C-222 (previously G222) on which the Spartan was based, and taken part in multi-national transport operations, not least in Afghanistan. This is a very agile aircraft, as C-27J flying displays in previous years have proved, and one with excellent short-field capabilities. It can serve as a troop and cargo transport, a para-troop jump or medical evacuation platform, an aerial firefighter or a search and rescue aircraft, amongst other roles, and has either been ordered or entered service with the air arms of 11 nations. An example will be on static display at RIAT 2015.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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