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Covid-19: Romanian Air Force airlifts coronavirus supplies from Germany and Turkey

25 March 2020
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The Romanian Air Force (Forțele Aeriene Romane – FAR) mobilised its fixed-wing air mobility assets to airlift urgent coronavirus supplies from Germany and Turkey on 24 March.

Medical supplies are loaded aboard a Romanian C-27J cargo aircraft, which along with a C-130B, transported to Bucharest critical equipment for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (NATO)Medical supplies are loaded aboard a Romanian C-27J cargo aircraft, which along with a C-130B, transported to Bucharest critical equipment for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (NATO)

A Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and a Leonardo C-27J Spartan transport aircraft from the 901st Squadron and 902nd Squadron respectively took part in the mission to airlift medical equipment from the country’s two NATO allies directly to Bucharest.

The FAR has four C-130B aircraft that it has used for transport operations since they were first received secondhand in 1996, as well as seven C-27Js it acquired new from 2010. Both types are located at Bucharest-Otopeni Air Base.

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