Very first C-130A pressure check

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Unread post21 Mar 2015, 00:33

Found this photo in my latest issue of Code 1 magazine


Technicians at the then-Lockheed-Georgia Division in Marietta, Georgia, prepare the first production C-130A Hercules for its first pressurization check in March 1955. The netting was to keep the flight deck windows, crew door, and the side-opening cargo door from blowing out if something went wrong during the test. This C-130A (US Air Force serial number 53-3129) was rolled out in ceremonies on 10 March and Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin broke a bottle of water from the Chattahoochee River over the aircraft’s jackpad. First flight would come on 7 April. The aircraft spent most of its early career as a test asset before being converted into an AC-130A gunship. Nicknamed First Lady, 53-3129 is now on display at the Air Force Armament Museum near Eglin AFB, Florida.
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Unread post21 Mar 2015, 01:39

Wow Ed, thanks for posting. Pretty neat!

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