C-130 Hercules News
RNZAF students begin first iteration of C-130J upgrade training
The 373rd Training Squadron Detachment 4, recently began teaching its first iteration of mechanical and technical courses for 16 members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Lockheed Martin delivers first C-130J-30 Super Hercules to the Indonesian Air Force
Lockheed Martin delivered the first of five C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifters to the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) during a ceremony on February 21st, 2023, commemorating a new era in Hercules operations for this longtime C-130 operator.
193rd Special Operations Wing welcomes new aircraft, mission
The first MC-130J Commando II aircraft arrived at Middletown, on February 2, 2023, achieving a major milestone in the 193rd Special Operations Wing's mission conversion. The 193 SOW is the first, and currently the only, Air National Guard unit to receive the Commando II mission, a flagship mission of Air Force Special Operations Command.
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C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Mar 21, 2023
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 178
write-off: 351
preserved: 86
stored: 546
instructional: 155
on order: 4
active: 1324
Changes '22/'23:
Fleet adds: 12
Fleet drop: 24
Today in C-130 history
21 Mar 1991
C-130H #469 of the RSAF (4 Squadron), crashed in heavy smoke on approach to Ras Al-Mishab Airport, Saudi Arabia. Remains at Dhahran International Airport.

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When a prang seems inevitable, endeavour to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slowly and gently as possible.
-- Advice given to RAF pilots during W.W.II
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Last Operational USAF C-130A
USAF #55-022
Last operational flight of a USAF C-130A was on October 3, 2003 at Eglin AFB, Florida.
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Callsign "Bug"

One of our first female pilots. Her last name was Utley. Although not ugly, she took the name any way.
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