A fleet of 38 C-27J twin-engine transports, augmented by C-130 airlifters, will be enough to meet the Army's needs for direct support at austere forward locations, Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, National Guard Bureau director, told defense reporters in Washington, D.C., May 4, 2010. The C-130, the comparatively larger airframe, has "significant capacity" for direct support when the proper techniques, processes, and procedures are used, he said. Here, a C-27J is shown taking off. As of April 2010, the Air Force had taken delivery of three C-27s. The service expects to start operating them in 2010.
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