C-130 Hercules News
New era for 47 Sqn's exchange post with the USAF
On 12 December 2018, No. 47 Squadron held an informal ceremony to mark the end of their successful pilot exchange post with 15th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) and to begin their pilot exchange with 9th SOS.
Five Marines missing, two rescued after F-18 and KC-130J collide off Japanese coast
Two of seven Marines have been rescued after a "mishap" involving a pair of Marine Corps aircraft early Thursday off the coast of Japan.
Propeller blade responsible for 2017 KC-130 crash that killed 16 service members
Investigators say bad maintenance practices at a Georgia air force base missed a deteriorating propeller blade that broke off six years later as a U.S. Marine Corps transport plane cruised over Mississippi at 20,000 feet, causing the KC-130T to break into pieces and plunge into a soybean field, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Dec 19, 2018
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 156
write-off: 344
preserved: 71
stored: 496
instructional: 150
on order: 11
active: 1328
Changes '17/'18:
Fleet adds: 25
Fleet drop: 74
Today in C-130 history
19 Dec 1966
The first C-130K C.1 #XV177 delivered to the RAF.
19 Dec 2013
The C-130J Super Hercules program reached a significant milestone with the delivery of the 300th aircraft. The aircraft was ferried from the Lockheed Martins Marietta facility to the US Air Force.
Quote of the Day
I used to dream about being an astronaut. I just never had the grades. Or the physical endurance. Plus I threw up a lot and nobody liked spending a week with me.
-- Philip J. Fry, 'Futurama' TV show
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 of the day

Callsign "Murdock"

I was called Murdock by my F16 instructor, capt (now general)Dick 'Quicky' Berlijn... why?.... Well I had a small resemblance with Murdock from the then popular TV Sitcom the A-team.
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