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Airframe Details for C-130 #4578

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Aircraft: : 4578
LM Aero T/V 4578
Plant Lockheed Marietta Plant
Local C/N
Delivered FAA TC-68
Current FAA TC-68
Status [sto]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
10 Mar 1975 [act] TC-68 C-130H
Unknown [act] TC-68 FAA Esc 1 C-130H
Unknown [act] TC-68 FAA Esc 1 C-130H
This C-130H was the very first aircraft to land in the Falkland Islands on the first day Argentina invaded the island that started the conflict between U.K. and Argentina over the control of the islands in 1982. TC-68 is the only C-130 concerted into a bomber during the Falkland war. Its external fuel tanks were removed and the pilots were modified to hold a bomb rack donated from an A-4 Skyhawk and was used to attack ships that are supporting the British Royal Navy. In June of 1982 it bombed and sank a Liberian tanker making the first and use of a C-130 to drop bombs from the wing pylons. Ironically that Liberian tanker was named 'Hercules'.
Mar 2009 [sto] TC-68 C-130H
At El Palomar

Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available

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