C-130 Hercules News
US, Israeli airmen fortify airlift capabilities
Two C-130J Super Hercules along with about 80 Airmen attached to the 86th Airlift Wing from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, deployed to Israel in support of exercise Juniper Falcon from May 7-18, 2017.
403rd Maintenance Group earns Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Reserve Command recently announced that the 403rd Maintenance Group was one of 18 units that earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for 2015.
C-130 pilot receives 60th Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson presented the 2016 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy to Maj. John Hourigan, a 123rd Operations Support Squadron C-130 Hercules pilot, at the Pentagon, May 17, 2017, for not only saving the lives of five crewmembers, but also identifying a worldwide C-130 propeller issue.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - May 24, 2017
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 152
write-off: 337
preserved: 70
stored: 464
instructional: 151
on order: 9
active: 1344
Changes '16/'17:
Fleet adds: 30
Fleet drop: 53
Today in C-130 history
24 May 1969
AC-130A #54-1629, c/n 3016, of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, named 'The Arbitrator', suffered battle damage over Laos, crash landed at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, burned. First Hercules gunship loss.
24 May 2006
Hercules C.1 #XV206 of the RAF (47 Squadron Special Forces Flight) was carrying the new British ambassador in Afghanistan, Stephen Evans when it crash landed at a dirt landing strip outside the town of Lashkar Gar in the in Helmand Province, Afghanistan after hitting a landmine on roll-out which holed the port external fuel tank and set the number two (port inner) engine on fire. All nine crew and 26 passengers aboard safely evacuated, but the airframe burned out. It was later revealed that the Hercules was carrying a large number of SAS troops as well as a large amount of cash described as being one million dollars in some sources, and as 'more than one million pounds' by others, while the MoD only admitted to a 'sizeable amount of cash'. The money was apparently destined for local warlords in exchange for their influence and intelligence.
Quote of the Day
My definition of an optimist has to be the Luftwaffe F-104 pilot who gave up smoking!
-- John Wiley
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Early air refuelling testing
USMC #55-046
On loan from the USAF to the USMC for testing air refuelling with the C-130 in 1957 and 1958.
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