April 29, 2013 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Iraqi Air Force (IQAF) is set to receive its final three C-130J Super Hercules airlifters. Aircraft number 5721 was the first of these aircraft to be ferried from Lockheed Martin's production facility in Marietta, Ga., on April 23, 2013. All three C-130Js were ferried to U.S. Air Force bases prior to delivery to the IQAF.
Iraqi Air Force C-130J YI-308 c/n 5721. [Lockheed Martin photo by John Rossino]
The IQAF, a legacy C-130 operator, received its first C-130J in December 2012 and will have a total of six C-130Js in its new Hercules fleet. The IQAF uses the airlifters for intra-theater support for its troops and to provide humanitarian relief operations in various locations.