C-130 Hercules News
2,600 C-130 Hercules delivered
Lockheed Martin delivered the 2,600th C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command on October 21st.
Super Herculean Accomplishment: Global C-130J fleet surpasses 2 Million flight hours
Lockheed Martin announced today the global community of C-130J Super Hercules operators recently surpassed 2 million flight hours. These hours were logged beginning with the C-130J's first flight on April 5, 1996, through the end of July 2019.
J-model’s first big step
When Australia announced its purchase of the C-130J Hercules in December 1995, few could imagine the challenges that would be faced bringing the aircraft into service.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Nov 12, 2019
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 161
write-off: 346
preserved: 75
stored: 505
instructional: 149
on order: 10
active: 1323
Changes '18/'19:
Fleet adds: 11
Fleet drop: 53
Today in C-130 history
12 Nov 1971
C-130E #69-6578, c/n 4353, of the 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron, crashed due to fin stall on take-off from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
Quote of the Day
On individual combat tactics, aggressiveness is the keynote of success. ... The enemy on the defensive gives you the advantage, as he is trying to evade you, and not to shoot you down.
-- Major Thomas B. Tommy McGuire, USAAF
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AC-130 Prototype
USAF #54-626
Prototype for the AC-130A but the 'AC' part was never designated. Modifications were done at Wright-Patterson AFB by Aeronautical Systems Division during March and April of 1967. Testing was then done in mid 1967 at Eglin AFB, Florida. Starting September 21, 1967 the aircraft did a 3 month combat deployment to test the aircrafts capability in a real combat environment and operated out of Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam. Often carried tail number 0-41626.
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Callsign "Stink Finger"

New pilot fresh from the Air Force Academy was always pulling on his flight suit from the back. So he got the name stink finger.
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