C-130 Hercules News
Dedicated crew chiefs say farewell to Tail No. #1303
The 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit said farewell to one of its AC-130W Stinger II gunships as it took its final flight from Cannon on Oct. 19, 2020, before permanently retiring from air operations.
103rd Flies Five-ship C-130 Formation
In a comprehensive display of the unit’s readiness and tactical airlift capabilities, the 103rd Airlift Wing launched a five-ship C-130H1 formation from Bradley Air National Guard Base on October 4, 2020.
Marshall's wins historic USMC service contract
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) has won a ten-year multi-million dollar contract with the US Marine Corps to provide depot-level maintenance to its 66-strong fleet of KC-130J tanker aircraft deployed worldwide.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Oct 30, 2020
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 162
write-off: 349
preserved: 79
stored: 517
instructional: 152
on order: 6
active: 1318
Changes '19/'20:
Fleet adds: 17
Fleet drop: 45
Today in C-130 history
30 Oct 1963
US Navy KC-130F #149798 was used for carrier suitability trials on the USS Forrestal making 29 touch and goes, and 21 landings and unassisted takeoffs just off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. This C-130 made history as the largest aircraft to land and take-off from an aircraft carrier but never became operational.
30 Oct 1991
CC-130E #130322 of the Candian Forces was flying to Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert from Edmonton, Alberta via Thule Air Base, Greenland. While on final approach to the airstrip the pilot apparently was flying by sight rather than relying on instruments. The aircraft crashed on Ellesmere Island approximately 16 km (9.9 miles) short of the runway, killing five of the 18 passengers and crew. Subsequent rescue efforts by personnel from CFS Alert, USAF personnel from Thule AB and CF personnel from 440 Squadron, CFB Edmonton, Alberta and Trenton, Ontario, were hampered by a blizzard and local terrain. The crash investigation recommended all CC-130s be retrofitted with ground proximity detectors and beefed-up Arctic Survival Equipment. The crash and rescue efforts were the basis of a film called Ordeal in the Arctic.
Quote of the Day
Instrument flying is an unnatural act probably punishable by God.
-- Gordon Baxter
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Test aircraft for US Army C-130C.
USAF #80712
Modified for trails for boundary layer control for the US Army to be C-130C with Short takeoff and landing capability. First flight was on February 8, 2014. Was fitted with a boundary layer air control system that consisted of a wider rudder, single-hinged flaps instead of the standard Fowler flaps, and two Allison YT56-A-6 jet engines under the outer wings. Bleed air from the jets was blown over the flaps and rudder to enhance lift and controllability. Flown for twenty-three hours before the Army lost interest.
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