C-130 Hercules News

C-130E takes a Sunday drive in San Antonio

March 2, 2014 (by Jon Sommerville) - A training airframe C-130 is moved through the streets of San Antonio from Kelly Field to Camp Bullis, Texas. Aircraft was C-130E #64-0510 (c/n 3994), a former Air National Guard Hercules that last served with the 198th Airlift Squadron based out of Puerto Rico.

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Stripped of its tail, all four engines and its wings beyond its inner engines, it travelled highways past many curious onlookers.

This retired C-130 will be used for training military medics how to load injuried patients for air transfers. Movement was made by contractor World Wide Aircraft Recovery and many local volunteers on March 2, 2014 from Joint Base San Antonio, also known as Kelly Field or Lackland AFB, Texas. It was a one day trip to nearby Medical Readiness Training Center for the 937th Training Group at Camp Bullis, Texas.

Trip time took four hours with the 502nd Trainer Development Squadron from Joint Base San Antonio being responsible for the transfer.


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Retired and partially disassembled Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft arrives at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis March 2 after a 4-hour transport from JBSA-Lackland. The move took the C-130 across two major highways and was successfully accomplished through the combined efforts of 502nd Trainer Development Squadron members from JBSA-Randolph, 502nd Security Forces Squadron members at JBSA-Lackland, San Antonio Police and local volunteers, and contractor World Wide Aircraft Recovery. [USAF photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Slade]

Retired and partially disassembled Air Force C-130E #64-0510 is escorted by contractor World Wide Aircraft Recovery and local volunteers March 2 enroute to the Medical Readiness Training Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis. The 502nd Trainer Development Squadron members at JBSA-Randolph were responsible for the aircraft's four-hour move and will also accomplish the simulation project inside the aircraft that will simulate sights, sounds and smells of a medic's combat environment. [USAF photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson]

San Antonio Police and local volunteers assist contractor World Wide Aircraft Recovery March 2 with its transport of a retired and partially disassembled Air Force C-130E #64-0510 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The aircraft was relocated to JBSA-Camp Bullis, where it will be used to enhance the training for about 1,300 students attending the 937th Training Group Aeromedical Evacuation and Patient Staging Course, annually. [USAF photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Slade]