C-130 Hercules News
Two Ex-USAF C-130H’s transferred to Chile
The United States Air Force coordinated the transport of a donation of more than 87,000 personal protection items that were sent to Chile by the American non-profit, Project Hope, in order to help Chile respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
RAF to retire remaining C-130 fleet by 2023
The Royal Air Force is to phase on the remaining C-130J transport fleet by 2023 according to the MoD in a defence paper released March 22nd, 2021.
133rd AW celebrates Golden Jubilee of the C-130
Sunday marks the 50-year anniversary of the C-130A Hercules flying mission at the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minn. The Wing’s first mission flight was “wheels up” on Feb. 21, 1971.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - May 13, 2021
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 162
write-off: 350
preserved: 81
stored: 526
instructional: 154
on order: 5
active: 1316
Changes '20/'21:
Fleet adds: 10
Fleet drop: 40
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Today in C-130 history
13 May 1982
C-130E #64-0543, c/n 4033, of the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, crashed when wing broke during formation flight near Judsonia, Arkansas.
13 May 1995
C-130E, #62-1838, c/n 3801, 'Sumit 38', operated by the 302d Airlift Wing, Peterson AFB, Colorado. Number 2 engine caught fire at a cruise altitude of 26K ft AGL after departing Boise, Idaho. The aircraft commander directed the flight engineer to discharge an extinguisher bottle, when that failed to put out the fire, the second one was activated. However, the fire re-ignited and the aircraft had no further extinguishing capability. Crew attempted to divert to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho (MUO). Number 2 engine improperly disengaged from its mount, causing severe fuselage and wing damage. Wing eventually severed completely from the airframe, causing Sumit 38 to crash approximately 23 minutes after leaving Boise, killing all six crewmembers. This was the only Hercules hull loss in the entire calendar year of 1995, making it the safest year of C-130/L-100 operation since 1963.
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Good flying never killed (an enemy) yet.
-- Major Edward Mick Mannock, RAF
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On loan from the USAF to the USMC for testing air refuelling with the C-130 in 1957 and 1958.
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