Maryland Air National Guard Christens New C-27J Spartan “Pride of Baltimore II”

Baltimore, MD (August 15, 2011). There is a new “Pride of Baltimore II” in town, this one taking to the air to serve Maryland and the United States. The Maryland Air National Guard’s (MANG) 175th Wing celebrated the arrival of the first C-27J Spartan on August 13, 2011 at the Warfield Air National Guard Base in Baltimore, Maryland. The new aircraft, which replaces the C-130 J Hercules, was christened “Pride of Baltimore II” and will help the MANG fulfill its mission. Painted in black and gold on the side of the aircraft is the “Pride of Baltimore II” burgee. Pride of Baltimore, Inc. Board members Charles “Pete” Partridge, Jr. and Gregory Barnhill joined members of the 175th Wing and other distinguished visitors and community supporters for the arrival celebration.

For details about the aircraft and the arrival event, read the Maryland Air National Guard’s 175th Wing Press Release: 135th Airlift Group Embarks on New Era.

Photos of the event are available on the 175th Wing’s website.

Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, Adjutant General, christens the new C-27J Spartan during an arrival ceremony August 13, 2011, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, MD while Col. Thomas E. Hans, commander 135th Airlift Group and Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Director, Air National Guard, watch. The 135th Airlift Group transitions from the C-130J Hercules to the C-27J Spartan, which was designed to meet Air Force requirements for a rugged, medium-sized air-land transport. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)