C-27J school in Sofia

This year’s Balkan Spartan air training exercise saw three C-27J operators train shoulder to shoulder in Bulgaria, as Alexander Mladenov reports.

EXERCISE Balkan Spartan 2017

The international Spartan group was parked on the ramp at Vrazhdebna/Sofia Airport North Side to facilitate joint ground operations, including servicing and loading/offoading practice.
All photos, Alexander Mladenov

The second annual Balkan Spartan multinational air training exercise took place between June 7 and 16 at Vrazhdebna/Sofia Airport North Side in Bulgaria, hosted by the 16. Transportna Aviacionna Grupa (16th Transport Aviation Group) of the Bulgarski Voennovazdushni Sili (BVVS, Bulgarian Air Force).

Three NATO C-27J Spartan operators took part: host nation Bulgaria, Italy and Lithuania. Romania was unable to allocate an aircraft for the event, while Slovakia – awaiting its first delivery – took part with observers.

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