C-130 Hercules News
Polish & USAF conduct tactical airlift training
The 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, participated in bilateral training with the Polish air force during Aviation Detachment 17-2 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, at Powidz Air Base, Poland from March 1 to 27, 2017.
Nandi Zama becomes first black South African woman to qualify to fly the C-130
When she joined the military straight from high school‚ Nandi Zama never thought she would make history by flying South African Air Force planes.
Yokota C-130J completes first training sortie
This flight allowed the crew to familiarize themselves with the newest C-130 model. The pilots completed approach, landing and en route procedures training; while also familiarizing themselves with the airspace.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Apr 24, 2017
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 152
write-off: 337
preserved: 70
stored: 453
instructional: 151
on order: 9
active: 1355
Changes '16/'17:
Fleet adds: 30
Fleet drop: 43
Today in C-130 history
24 Apr 1965
C-130A #57-0475, c/n 3182, of the 815th Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, during go-around in bad weather with heavy load
24 Apr 1980
During the ill-fated secret rescue mission at an airstrip in the Great Salt Desert of Eastern Iran, near Tabas codenamed Operation Eagle Claw, an EC-130E, #62-1809, c/n 3770, of the 7th ACCS, was destroyed in collision with a USN RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter, BuNo 158761. As the helicopter took off it flew into the wing root of the EC-130 and crashed, killing five USAF aircrew in the C-130 and three USMC aircrew in the RH-53[19] All of the RH-53Ds had to be abandoned at the site. At least one airframe was assembled from the abandoned helicopters, to join six RH-53Ds supplied by the United States to the Iranian Navy in 1978.
24 Apr 1981
L-100-20 #FAP-396 of the Peruvian Air Force had an emergency landing at night, no fuel, near San Juan, Peru.
Quote of the Day
I've had a ball !
-- Chuck Yeager, describing his Air Force career which spanned over 30 years.
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 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 of the day

Callsign "FART"

Lt Franklin Art (F.Art)
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