C-130 Hercules News
Chilean C-130 missing enroute to Antarctica with 38 on board
A C-130 Hercules (#990) took off from Punta Arenas and was en route to Antarctica when contact was lost at 18:13hrs. 38 people were travelling to provide logistical support to a military base on Antarctica's King George Island.
53rd WRS reflects on 2019 hurricane season
Andrea, Barry, Dorian, Fernand, Humberto, Jerry, Karen, Lorena, Nestor and Olga. At first glance one may think this is a list of popular baby names for the year, but in fact, they’re the names of 10 storms the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew into during this year’s hurricane season.
Last Air Force Wing to bid farewell to legacy of Combat Rescue aircraft
The 920th Rescue Wing is celebrating the legacy of its HC-130P/N combat-rescue fleet as the wing expects to receive a replacement fleet of HC-130J in the Spring of 2020. This new airframe will not only replace the legacy HC-130 fleet but with its arrival also comes the elimination of two aviation career fields: Flight Engineer and Airborne Mission Systems Specialist.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Dec 16, 2019
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 161
write-off: 347
preserved: 75
stored: 505
instructional: 149
on order: 9
active: 1323
Changes '18/'19:
Fleet adds: 11
Fleet drop: 54
Today in C-130 history
16 Dec 1993
C-130H #4761 of the Philippine Air Force (222 Squadron), crashed into Mount Manase, 250 kilometers southeast of Manila during descent towards Naga Airport.
Quote of the Day
Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things.
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights, where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings...
-- Amelia Earhart
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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 "SCUBA"

I was a Crew Chief TDY to Vegas for red flag when myself and a few of our buddies to include a number of pilots, one of which happened to be the FS commander walked out into this open area of our hotel that had a couple of pools and hot tubs. When what do we see but one of our CAPT Pilots receiving oral from a stripper in a hot tub. Ever since he has gone by the name SCUBA ( Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus)
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