A bipartisan group of House members wrote Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, urging him to reconsider the Pentagon's decision to reduce acquisition of the C-27J transport from 78 airframes to 38, Oct. 11, 2011. "The C-27J is a highly capable, versatile, and cost-effective aircraft with lower acquisition and operating costs than rotary-wing aircraft and larger cargo airlifters," wrote these 12 lawmakers in advocating more than 38 C-27Js. The group is led by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.). Here, a C-27J assigned to the 702nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron lands at a remote airfield in Qalat, Afghanistan.
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