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January

11 Jan 1965 During an engine run-up test at Forbes Air Force Base, Kansas, a C-130B #58-0719, c/n 3514, of the 313th Troop Carrier Wing, jumped the wheel chocks and pivoted into C-130B #58-0730, c/n 3525, of the same squadron. Both airframes were destroyed in the ensuing fire. This was the first of five recorded cases of Hercules fratricide, as of March 2010.

March

25 Mar 1965 C-130E #63-7797, c/n 3863, of the 464th Troop Carrier Wing, hit high-tension line on ridge top and crashed near Alen

April

24 Apr 1965 C-130A #57-0475, c/n 3182, of the 815th Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, during go-around in bad weather with heavy load

July

1 Jul 1965 C-130A #55-0039, c/n 3066, of the 817th Troop Carrier Squadron, was destroyed by sappers with satchel charges at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam.
1 Jul 1965 C-130A #55-0042, c/n 3069, of the 817th Troop Carrier Squadron, was destroyed by sappers with satchel charges at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam.

August

18 Aug 1965 C-130B #12648 of the Pakistan Air Force was written off after it veered off runway on landing.
24 Aug 1965 USMC KC-130F BuNo #149802, c/n 3693, of VMGR-152, MAG-15, veered off runway on take-off from Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong and hit seawall, and crashed into the sea. No. 1 propeller reversed. This was the first Hercules hull loss in Marine Corps service. It was carrying Marine personnel returning to Vietnam after R & R in Hong Kong of six crew and 65 passengers, 59 were killed while flying. Aircraft commander disregarded SOP. This is the worst accident at Kai Tak. The airport was relocated to Chek Lap Kok in 1998.

September

16 Sep 1965 C-130B #T-1306 of the Indonesian Air Force and operated by 31 Squadron crashed at Bawang airstrip, Kalimantan, Timur, Borneo, after hits by friendly fire.
18 Sep 1965 C-130A #55-0038, c/n 3065, of the 35th Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed when it struck water before landing at Qui Nhon, South Vietnam.

December

8 Dec 1965 C-130A #56-0502, c/n 3110, of the 817th Troop Carrier Squadron, 6315th Operations Group, out of Naha, crashed on take-off from Chu Lai, South Vietnam in bad weather .
12 Dec 1965 C-130A #56-0515, c/n 3123, of the 18th Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed during an assault take-off from Bitburg, West Germany.
20 Dec 1965 C-130E #62-1843, c/n 3805, of the 345th Troop Carrier Squadron, 314th Troop Carrier Wing, crashed into hill during approach to Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam, according to Lars Olausson. Chris Hobson gives the following account: '...the first Hercules assumed to be lost in the air to enemy action [in Southeast Asia]. The aircraft was attempting to land at Tuy Hoa under a very low cloud base when it was hit by ground fire five miles south of the air base and crashed killing all [five] crew...Enemy action was never actually confirmed to have caused the loss of this aircraft which may have simply flown into high ground in poor visibility.' Serial number subsequently assigned to C-130E #64-0506, c/n 3990 in 1973, which was assigned 'to another agency' December 31, 1964, and flew Air America missions in support of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations in Southeast Asia in a 'sanitized' condition. Modified to C-130E(I). Reappeared at Hurlburt Field, Florida in the early 1970s, carrying 62