USN and USMC C-130 Photos

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    UCMC KC-130F 149789 landing on a small 3,500 foot dirt runway in Australia's Northern Territory where KC-130 Hercules pilots, from VMGR-152 conduct Assault Landing Zone training for Exercise Southern Frontier, September 8, 2008. [USMC photo]
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    A cockpit point of view taken aboard a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365, Reinforced, deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, NATO, International Security Assistance Force, flying in trail during an aerial re-supply mission at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, Afghanistan, July 7, 2008, during Operation Enduring Freedom. [USMC photo by Cpl. Alison L. Martinez]
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    U.S. Marines with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Multi National Forces - West, load aboard KC-130J 165737 at Al Asad AB, Iraq on July 29, 2008, before performing a combat static line jump to ensure their combat readiness and proficiency. [USMC photo by Cpl. Seth E. Maggard]
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    TC-130Q 159348, Double Nuts, on the Ice Runway at McMurdo, Antarctica even though the aircraft is not fitted with skis. In 1992, the TC-130Q TACAMO aircraft were replaced by E-6As. So this TC-130Q went to VXE-6 for Antarctic use. The aircraft was eventually retired and put on display at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma in 1996. [photo from the VXE-6 de-com CD, courtesy of VXE-6 website]
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    The third plane lost during Deep Freeze 71 was LC-130F 148318 on Febuary 15, 1971. The Hercules was taxiing on the skiway at Williams Field for a flight to Christchurch. It taxied around the Ground Controlled Approach building in poor visibility, and the left main ski went up over a 5 1/2 foot snow bank. The right wing hit the ground and broke between the two engines. A fire, feed by fuel and fanned by high winds destroyed the aircraft (story from "United States Aircraft Losses in Antarctica"). [photo courtesy of VXE-6 website]
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    US Navy VXE-6 aircraft LC-130R 160741 parked on Antarctic ice, possibly on December 16, 1994. This C-130 eventually went to the USAF with the 139th AS as LC-130H 74-3302 after spending about two years at AMARC. [photo courtesy of VXE-6 website]
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    US Navy VXE-6 aircraft LC-130R 160741 taxiing on Antarctic ice. This C-130 eventually went to the USAF with the 139th AS as LC-130H 74-3302 after spending about two years at AMARC. [photo courtesy of VXE-6 website]
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    US Navy VXE-6 aircraft LC-130F 148321 during take-off from Antarctic ice, possible date is December 16, 1994. This C-130 was retired to AMARC on March 29, 1999. [photo by VXE-6 PAO courtesy of VXE-6 website]
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    Semi restored EC-130Q 159348 seen here on display at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. This aircraft served with VQ-4 and then in 1992 it served with VXE-6 before retiring in 1996. Note the lower forward windows are painted on, wing tips have communications antennas housed inside. [USN photo by TACAMO PAO, courtesy of VXE-6 website]
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    TC-130Q 159348, Double Nuts, on final to the Ice Runway at McMurdo, Antarctica even though the aircraft is not fitted with skis. In 1992, the TC-130Q TACAMO aircraft were replaced by E-6As. So this TC-130Q went to VXE-6 for Antarctic use. The aircraft was eventually retired and put on display at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma in 1996. [photo from the VXE-6 de-com CD, courtesy of VXE-6 website]
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    USN LC-130R 160741 operated by VXE-6 being unloaded by a modified bulldozer/forklift on the Antarctic ice. This C-130 eventually went to the USAF with the 139th AS as LC-130H 74-3302 after spending about two years at AMARC. [photo courtesy of VXE-6 website]
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    USN LC-130R 160741 operated by VXE-6 on the Antarctic ice. This C-130 eventually went to the USAF with the 139th AS as LC-130H 74-3302 after spending about two years at AMARC. [photo courtesy of VXE-6 website]