October 24, 2019 (by Stephanie Stinn) - Lockheed Martin delivered the 2,600th C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command on October 21st.
USAF MC-130J #19-0865, the 2600th, C-130J seen on its delivery flight on October 22, 2019, [Lockheed Martin photo by Andrew McMurtrie]
This milestone Hercules is an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations airlifter assigned to 9th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.
A U.S. Air Force crew ferried its new MC-130J to its home on October. 22, flying this Herc from Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Georgia, site, where all production C-130s have been built.
The C-130J Super Hercules is the current C-130 production model and the global fleet recently surpassed 2 million flight hours. Twenty nations around the world have chosen the C-130J to support tactical airlift needs.