C-130 Hercules News
Collins Aerospace receives additional C-130 NP2000 propeller upgrade order from ANG, USN
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. has been awarded a contract by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to support NP2000 propeller upgrades for 24 Lockheed Martin C-130H aircraft for the U.S. Air National Guard.
New Zealand select C-130J as preferred option
Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced the selection of the C-130J-30 Super Hercules as the preferred option for the replacement of the aging C-130H aircraft.
Legacy Airlift Squadrons return to Normandy 75 years
W7. Q9. E5. 6Z. These may just seem like letters and numbers to some. But these were the letters and numbers painted on the noses of Douglas C-47 Dakota units to identify which squadron the aircraft belonged to. With accompanying white and black invasion stripes painted on the wings and tail, the allied forces were easily identifiable, as they began the largest seaborne invasion in history, storming the beaches of Normandy on June 6th, 1944.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Jun 19, 2019
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 161
write-off: 346
preserved: 74
stored: 503
instructional: 150
on order: 8
active: 1324
Changes '18/'19:
Fleet adds: 7
Fleet drop: 47
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Today in C-130 history
19 Jun 1979
C-130E #5-8520 of the Imperial Iranian Air Force lost control in flight, crashed, Shiraz, Iran. There is some question about this date.
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I have flown in just about everything, with all kinds of pilots in all parts of the world -- British, French, Pakistani, Iranian, Japanese, Chinese -- and there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between any of them except for one unchanging, certain fact: the best, most skillful pilot has the most experience.
-- Chuck Yeager
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First C-130 prototype. Constructed at Burbank California. First flight was on August 23rd, 1954.
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When I was a kid I fell off my bike and badly seperated my left shoulder, so now my collarbone sticks out noticably.
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