June 21, 2016 (by Stephanie Stinn) - The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, received a milestone Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifter on June 20th.
USAF C-130J-30 #14-5796 on its delivery flight from Lockheed Martins Marietta facility to 61st AS on June 20, 2016. [Lockheed Martin Photography by Andrew McMurtrie]
This is the last C-130J-30 delivery for the 61st, which operates a fleet of 14 Super Hercules airlifters.
Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility here. Everhart is a command pilot who has logged more than 4,500 flight hours in his career, which includes flying C-130E/H aircraft.
The 61st, which has operated C-130s since 1956, is part of Air Mobility Command's 19th Airlift Wing. The 19th Airlift Wing also includes another Super Hercules unit: the 41st Airlift Squadron. The 19th Airlift Wing has the distinction of operating one of the U.S. Air Force’s largest C-130J fleets with 28 Super Hercs in total.