14 C-130J sent to Japan to beef up presence

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Unread post07 Mar 2017, 02:46

The Air Force sent 14 Super Hercules military planes to western Tokyo Monday in a sign of loyalty to Japan amid growing tensions and threats of war in the Pacific with China and North Korea. Air Force officials called the C-130J planes its “meanest, toughest, most tactical machine,” Stars and Stripes reported.

The planes were delivered in a ceremony at Yokota Air Base complete with a crowd of airmen, family members and Japanese guests. U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez said during the event that the plane’s signaled Washington’s “ever, ever, ever strong commitment” to Japan.

“Today the United States of America delivered its premier, meanest, toughest, most tactical machine in the world, the J model,” he said. “When you look around the world at the threats that exist in this region, our friends in Japan, they need to know that the United States sends its best … we have the premier tactical airlifter now on Japanese soil.”

Defense and global security leaders have closely been watching simmering conflicts in Asia, where North Korea continues to test its nuclear weapons capabilities, and China has warily eyed the new administration of President Donald Trump, who has threatened to start a trade war with Beijing. China has been at the center of other conflicts, as well, such as building military bases in the disputed South China Sea claimed by various nations and sending warships to the East China Sea claimed by Japan. China has also questioned South Korea over its new anti-ballistic missile system. Seoul and Tokyo are both close allies of the U.S.


Maj. Gen. Mark C. Dillon compared this week the Super Hercules aircrafts to the world's finest sports cars. “It’s like driving a Ferrari or a Maserati,” he said. “It has a lot of power. You can land it exactly where you want to on the runway.”

The planes' new Rolls Royce engines is said to bring more power, fuel efficiency and range. The C-130Js can carry 128 passengers. Older models only were equipped for 92 passengers. The military aircraft are also considered a model of safety. Fewer than eight C-130Js have crashed to date.
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Unread post07 Mar 2017, 17:28

Think the wording on this article is wrong. The first of 14 C-130J-30s arrived. The rest will follow in due course to swap out the C-130H's currently flown by 36 AS.
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Unread post28 Mar 2017, 13:55

Asif wrote:Think the wording on this article is wrong. The first of 14 C-130J-30s arrived. The rest will follow in due course to swap out the C-130H's currently flown by 36 AS.


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Unread post11 Apr 2017, 22:05

I'm not clear on this, are the "J"'s for the Japanese Air Force , a USAF Sqdn. in Japan or a rotation Sqdn.?
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Unread post12 Apr 2017, 14:45

for 36AS USAF at Yokota PCS, replacing 14 1974 C-130H's
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Unread post13 Apr 2017, 23:00

FY 1974's were the first C-130's USAF to feature APU's and also the first to incorporate lessons learned at PDM (Contract or WRALC). I have many in my logbook , both at Marietta & Lake City. There were 47 of them ,all went to Dyess AFB from Marietta.
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Unread post14 Apr 2017, 12:52

Actually there were 53 of them 74-1658 to 1693 36
74-2061 to 2072 12
74-2130 to 2134 5

there are 25 USAF 74's still flying 12 at Yokota 36AS, 12 in the ANG, and one test aircraft at Hill 74-2062
4 are flying Aghan AF
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Unread post15 Apr 2017, 19:06

I stand corrected on the total. Good to see them still around. A truly quality product , with many subtle improvements ,some of which began as repairs & cut into the production configuration.

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