C-130 Hercules News
Maintainers help aircrews deliver bundles of joy
Four C-130J Super Hercules propellers create a humming sound as they power the aircraft, commonly referred to this time of year as "Santa's sleigh", down the runway to deliver bundles of goods to people living on some of the most remote islands in the world during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, from December 9 through December 19, 2017.
Santa’s on his way: 66th Operation Christmas Drop launches at Andersen AFB
The 66th iteration of Operation Christmas Drop took to the sky Dec. 11 as military leaders ceremoniously pushed the first pallet of donated toys, food, supplies and educational materials into a C-130J Super Hercules.
American Hero is honored with plane naming ceremony
December 7 is a date that stands out in American history, but on that date in 1918, a future West Virginia and Air Force legend named James Kemp McLaughlin was born in a small town in Braxton County, W.Va.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Dec 18, 2017
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 153
write-off: 339
preserved: 70
stored: 484
instructional: 153
on order: 15
active: 1331
Changes '16/'17:
Fleet adds: 49
Fleet drop: 82
Today in C-130 history
18 Dec 2016
C-130H #A-1334 of the TNIAU crashed into mountains in Kampung Minimo, Maima district in the East of the country, killing all 13 onboard.
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18 Dec 2013
C-130J number 300 delivered, an MC-130J Commando II 11-5737 assigned to the USAF Special Forces Command.
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18 Dec 1974
C-130A #56-0521 of the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) was destroyed on ground at Song Be, South Vietnam.
Quote of the Day
The three best things in life are a good landing, a good orgasm, and a good bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life where you get to experience all three at the same time.
-- Unknown
C-130 Hall of Fame
First C-130J
First USAF C-130J built. Rolled out on October 20, 1995 and had first flight on June 6, 1996. Was contracted under serial 94-3026 as a C-130H but was renumbered 94-8151 before delivered.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Mr. P"

Well endowed... Also fit with his last name, Portman.
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