C-130 Hercules News
Building camaraderie at every altitude
Dozens of figures dot the sky, swifty descending into the golden Romanian fields as the aircraft that deployed them circles above, preparing for another airdrop in support of Carpathian Summer 19.
C-130H2 upgraded models arrive at 179th AW
The 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, is welcoming three C-130H2 models to their current C-130H fleet, the first two arrived on July 19 and the third on August 8, 2019.
Cracks found in C-130 wing parts prompt partial grounding of fleet
Nearly a quarter of the Air Force’s fleet of the C-130 Hercules is being grounded after “atypical” cracks were found on wing joints during maintenance, Air Mobility Command said.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Aug 23, 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
Today in C-130 history
23 Aug 2007
Hercules C.1 #XV205 of the RAF landed 'very heavily' at night on a rough airstrip in Afghanistan in an area where there was a heavy Taliban presence. The Hercules, from 47 Squadron at RAF Lyneham, flown by a 47 Squadron Special Forces Flight crew, was badly damaged and could not be recovered. It was destroyed in place by British engineers so that sensitive equipment would not fall into enemy hands. No casualties were reported. Aircraft was modified with FLIR turret and night cameras in 2005.
23 Aug 1954
The YC-130 (#53-3397) first takes the skies and flies from Burbank, California to Edwards Air Force Base.
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The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.
-- Unknown
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Callsign "Sticky"

Squadron was benevolent; it could'a been "Booger", but that was taken.
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