C-130 Hercules News
914th AW’s C-130s say final goodbye to AUAB
After 11 years of deploying supporting the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, Airmen from the 914th Airlift Wing out of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, will say their goodbyes as they end their rotation and fly out with their C-130 Hercules’ for the final time before they transition to KC-135 Stratotankers.
Movin’ On Down the Line: First LM-100J Commercial Freighter meets major production milestones
The first LM-100J commercial freighter continues to make significant progress, reaching major production milestones at the Lockheed Martin facility.
Reservists, C-130s depart to assist aerial firefighting efforts
An Air Force Reserve C-130 equipped with a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System departed here today to support ongoing aerial fire fighting efforts in the Western U.S.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Aug 24, 2016
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 81
write-off: 337
preserved: 61
stored: 435
instructional: 187
on order: 12
active: 1401
Changes '15/'16:
Fleet adds: 14
Fleet drop: 67
Today in C-130 history
24 Aug 1965
USMC KC-130F BuNo #149802, c/n 3693, of VMGR-152, MAG-15, veered off runway on take-off from Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong and hit seawall, and crashed into the sea. No. 1 propeller reversed. This was the first Hercules hull loss in Marine Corps service. It was carrying Marine personnel returning to Vietnam after R & R in Hong Kong of six crew and 65 passengers, 59 were killed while flying. Aircraft commander disregarded SOP. This is the worst accident at Kai Tak. The airport was relocated to Chek Lap Kok in 1998.
24 Aug 1992
C-130A, #56-0517, c/n 3125, assigned to the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA), Homestead Air Force Base as ground trainer by October 1990, destroyed by Hurricane Andrew.
24 Aug 1992
C-130B, #58-0740, c/n 3537, assigned to the IAAFA at Homestead Air Force Base as ground trainer in October 1990, destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. Fuselage retained as loading trainer at Homestead Air Reserve Base, August 1995.
Quote of the Day
In god we trust, all others we monitor.
-- Maj C. Bailey, 9th Reconaissance wing
U-2 pilot, Beale AFB
C-130 Hall of Fame
First C-130E
USAF #61-358
First C-130E built. Also has been stated as the last C130E to be retired by the USAF and landed at Edwards AFB, California on May 2, 2012. The retirement of the last C-130E is not complety true but was certainly one of the last. The aircraft was eventually put on display at the AFFTC museum.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Data"

AWACS pilot took the AF's offer to cross from heavies into the fighter (F-16CG, 68 FS) world in the mid-to-late 90's. He was dubbed Data as in the Star Trek: Next Generation character since he had about as much personality as Data! Even his body movements were very mechanical and sterile like Data.
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