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January

15 Jan 1972 USMC KC-130F BuNo #149810, c/n 3710, of VMGR-252, burned while filled with oxygen, Lake City, Florida. Tail section at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, as of August 1984.
15 Jan 1972 USN EC-130G TACAMO III, BuNo #151890, c/n 3871, of VQ-4, suffered in-flight fire in number one fuel tank, written off at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

February

19 Feb 1972 C-130E #62-1813, c/n 3775, of the 16th Tactical Airlift Training Squadron, mid-air collision with Cessna T-37, 6 kilometers northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas

March

28 Mar 1972 AC-130A #55-0044, c/n 3071, of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, named 'Prometheus', shot down by SA-2 Guideline SAM, southeast of Sepone, Laos.
30 Mar 1972 AC-130E #69-6571, c/n 4345, of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, shot down over the Ho Chi Minh trail, Laos, the second AC-130 lost in three days, and the first E-model gunship attrited. This second loss in three days alarmed Special Operations Command, and led to a review of operational parameters.

April

18 Apr 1972 C-130E #63-7775, c/n 3841, of the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, shot down, landed in swamp near Lan Khe, South Vietnam. Written off.
25 Apr 1972 C-130E #64-0508, c/n 3992, of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, shot down near drop zone at An L?c, South Vietnam, during night mission.

May

3 May 1972 C-130E #62-1797, c/n 3748, of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, shot down at An L?c, South Vietnam, during night mission.
17 May 1972 C-130E #63-7798, c/n 3864, of the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron, hit by rocket (?) taking off from Kon Tum, South Vietnam.
22 May 1972 C-130E #62-1854, c/n 3818, of E flight, 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, destroyed by rocket on ground at Kon Tum, South Vietnam.

June

5 Jun 1972 C-130D #57-0495, c/n 3202, of the 17th Tactical Airlift Squadron, named 'The Harker', stalled while overshooting at Dye III, 320 kilometers east of S
5 Jun 1972 C-130E #62-1805, c/n 3759, of the 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, loaned to the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing
18 Jun 1972 AC-130A #55-0043, c/n 3070, of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, shot down by SA-7 SAM, over the A Shau Valley, southwest of Hu?, South Vietnam.

July

20 Jul 1972 The first Belgian Air Force C-130 (#71-1797) delivered for service with N° 15 Air Transport Wing.

August

12 Aug 1972 C-130E #62-1853, c/n 3817, of the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron, shot down during take-off from S

September

12 Sep 1972 Hercules C.1 #XV194 of the RAF veered off runway on landing at Troms

December

5 Dec 1972 C-130E(I) Combat Talon #64-0558, c/n 4059, of the 318th Special Operations Squadron, collided at night with Convair F-102A 56-1517, out of McEntire Air National Guard Base, northeast of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina. Twelve on Hercules, and one in the Delta Dagger KWF.
9 Dec 1972 C-130E #64-0505, c/n 3989, of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, crashed and burned, landing at Naval Air Station Agana/Brewer Field, Guam.
21 Dec 1972 AC-130A #56-0490, c/n 3098, of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, named 'Thor', shot down 40 kilometers northeast of Pakse, Laos.