C-130 Hercules News
Combat King gets 'royal' treatment during wash
Airmen from the 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) washed an HC-130J Combat King II, May 7-8.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to support Bangladesh Air Force
In accordance with a Government-to-Government agreement for the sale of former Royal Air Force C-130J aircraft from the UK Ministry of Defence to the Bangladesh Air Force, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group announced a contract with the Bangladesh Air Force for the support of the aircraft.
Yokota airmen team up for airlift surge
An Elephant Walk exercises the maximum generation of all aircraft on Yokota while the formation flight enabled the aircraft to gain necessary training for future scenarios. The formation flight took place throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - May 23, 2018
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 153
write-off: 342
preserved: 70
stored: 490
instructional: 153
on order: 15
active: 1328
Changes '17/'18:
Fleet adds: 24
Fleet drop: 60
Today in C-130 history
23 May 1969
A drunken U.S. Air Force assistant crew chief, Sgt. Paul Adams Meyer, 23, of Poquoson, Virginia, suffering anxiety over marital problems, started up a Lockheed C-130E Hercules, #63-7789, c/n 3856, of the 36th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 316th Tactical Airlift Wing, on hardstand 21 at RAF Mildenhall and took off in it at 0655 hrs. CET, headed for Langley AFB, Virginia. At least two North American F-100 Super Sabres of the 493d Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, a C-130 from Mildenhall, and two RAF English Electric Lightnings were sent aloft to try to make contact with the stolen aircraft. The Hercules flew over the Thames estuary and headed south toward Brighton. After flying over the English Channel, Meyer turned northwest. North of Cherbourg he changed direction, heading south to a point 30 miles north of Alderney. The Hercules crashed into the English Channel off Alderney (5000N, 0205W) ~90 minutes later. In the last transmission from Meyer, to his wife, in a link-up over the side-band radio, he stated 'Leave me alone for about five minutes, I've got trouble.' There was speculation whether the Hercules was shot down. Some wreckage was recovered but the pilot's body was never found. Meyer had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly earlier in the morning in the village of Freckenham and had been remanded to quarters, but sneaked out to steal the Hercules.
23 May 1974
L-100 c/n #4225, delivered September 1967, as Lockheed Aircraft Services, N759AL, modified to L-100-20, August 1969, sold to Saturn Airways, N14ST, named 'Bozo', October 1970. Modified to L-100-30, February 1972. Wing broke in turbulence at Springfield, Illinois.
Quote of the Day
I am not afraid of crashing, my secret is . . . just before we hit the ground, I jump as high as I can.
-- Bill Cosby
C-130 Hall of Fame
First C-130H
USAF #64-852
First C-130H built was an HC-130H. Ultimately HC-130H 64-14853 was delivered first. What was the first squadron assignment at Edwards AFB?
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Callsign "Puppy"

Named like that 'cause the babyface I have
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