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USAF pilots' training continues on the G.222s refurbished by Alenia Aeronautica

24th March 2010 - 19:20 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The skies of Naples-Capodichino are showing these days the training of USAF's (United States Air Force) personnel on the fourth G.222 aircraft for the reconstituted Afghan Air Force - ANAAC (Afghanistan National Army Air Corps).

In September 2009 Alenia Aeronautica, through its owned company Alenia North America, has delivered the first of the 18 tactical transport aircraft G.222s to the US Air Force in compliance with the contract signed in September 2008 by Alenia North America with the US Air Force.

The eighteen aircraft ordered by USAF will undergo a total avionics updating, will be brought-back to 0-flight hours and provided with a self-defence system, while two airplanes, in the VIP configuration, will be used for the transport of the Afghan national authorities.

Furthermore, Alenia North America has been awarded a contract, in October 2009, by the US Air Force for the training of the G.222 crews and for the formation, in direct maintenance, of the US Air Advisors for the Afghan Air Force.
The fourth aircraft is still without the Afghan signs which will be affixed, as for the other airplanes already delivered, a few days before the aircraft leaves the production site Alenia Aeronautica in Capodichino (Naples).

At present the G.222 shows Afghan markings and identification number 74092.

The training activities will go on until mid-April and immediately after the G.222 will leave, with signs obliterated, to reach USAF's customer.

Source: Alenia Aeronautica

 

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