Interesting aircraft seen at McClellan Airfield

A DC-3 and a C-27J were parked in a hanger.

C-27J DC-3

Last week during the Aerial Firefighting conference there were two interesting aircraft at McClellan Airfield parked in the hangar near the static display of the 747 Supertanker and other firefighting aircraft.

One of them was a DC-3 that appeared to be the recently retired smokejumper aircraft. Instead of the registration number previously on the jump ship, N115Z, the number was N115U.

The other aircraft in the same hangar was a Coast Guard C-27J Spartan. A few years ago the U.S. Forest Service attempted to acquire a bunch of the former military aircraft to use them as air tankers. But the Coast Guard intervened, and unloaded seven of their old C-130Hs to the USFS, so they could get the C-27Js.

More information about the C-17J from the Coast Guard, December 18, 2015:

Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento is preparing to become the first permanent home of C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft, with operations expected to start in 2016.

The HC-27J Asset Project Office will assist with the transition by providing a forward-deployable maintenance team and pilot, aircrew and maintenance technician instructors, said Cmdr. Peter Beavis, APO executive officer. An aircraft to be used for training was repositioned to the air station Dec. 2.

Four aircraft will be transferred to the air station in fiscal year 2016, said Lt. Robert Hovanec, C-27J platform manager with the Office of Aviation Forces. Sacramento will have six aircraft at full capacity, with the remaining two arriving in 2017.

C-27J coast guard
C-27J in a hangar at McClellan
DC-3 in a hangar at McClellan. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

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  1. I have to ask, what makes a 1600 gallon air tanker with doors so expensive? On the subject of doors compared to constant flow or even pressure discharge (MAFFS & 747), it was this single (constant flow) change to the States S2T E Model fleet that made it a whole new 1200 gallon fire killing machine. Recently I mentioned the C 130 Ram Induction Water System (R.I.W.S.) for airborne water scooping using two eight in diameter scoops to fill in twenty seconds, 4500 gallons U.S., previously comment. Looking at the scoops (buckets) on the CL 215 415 it has always amazes me how efficient this fill system is. Based on the current water scooping contract two C 130, for five years with gel using R.I.W.S. would command; O’ just make it an even BILLION dollars U.S. Why worry about 10 million dollars here or there. What does L.A. County Fire pay annually for their two scoopers? taxpayers thoughts

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