C-130 Hercules News
Homestation, deployed locations swap iron to keep C-130Js mission ready
Wheels hit hot pavement before slowly coming to a halt along a flightline. Humidity and heat waft over busy Airmen as a ramp opens and they are greeted with forklifts. As quick as they landed, the cargo is offloaded within minutes and the C-130J Super Hercules is ready to leave.
10,000 hours
Lt. Col. Barry Cupples, known around here as "JR," rolls back his flight suit sleeve, still dripping with water from the hose-down he received upon stepping through the aircrew door a few minutes earlier. His fellow 910th Operations Group members cheer as he reveals a black-inked C-130H Hercules aircraft tattoo on his forearm with "10,000 Hours" emblazoned above it.
Lockheed Martin delivers first HC-130J Combat King II to NYANG
Lockheed Martin delivered the first of four HC-130J Combat King II aircraft today to representatives from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing (RQW).
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Apr 26, 2019
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 161
write-off: 346
preserved: 72
stored: 501
instructional: 149
on order: 7
active: 1331
Changes '18/'19:
Fleet adds: 7
Fleet drop: 39
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Today in C-130 history
26 Apr 1968
C-130B #60-0298, c/n 3602, of the 773d Tactical Airlift Squadron, shot down dropping load at A Loui, South Vietnam. Crashed trying to land at A Loui. Manned by mixed crew from 29th and 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadrons.
Quote of the Day
Instrument flying is an unnatural act probably punishable by God.
-- Gordon Baxter
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First C-130E
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C-130E
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 since the USAF is still flying some, but it was the last for the AMC. The aircraft was eventually put on display at the AFFTC museum.
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Callsign "WingNut"

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