C-130 Hercules News
Ecuador-Kentucky Guard partnership welcomes C-130 to Ecuadorian Air Force
The Ecuadorian Air Force welcomed a C-130H Hercules into its inventory here on March 25 during a ceremony attended by leadership from the Kentucky Air National Guard, who were on hand to congratulate their State Partnership Program colleagues on the new capability.
317th AW completes first C-130J Max Endurance Operation with external fuel tanks
The 317th Airlift Wing achieved a significant milestone on April 20, 2024, by becoming the first unit in Air Mobility Command's history to complete a C-130J Max Endurance Operation (MEO) equipped with external fuel tanks. This operation, dubbed Hazard Leap, highlighted the wing's extended range capabilities and established a new standard in operational endurance.
Norway receives first C-130J-30 with Block 8.1 Upgrade
Lockheed Martin delivered the first of four C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifters with the Block 8.1 upgrade to the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF), delivering advanced capabilities and increased Super Hercules interoperability in the Nordic region and across Europe.
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C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - May 25, 2024
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 180
write-off: 351
preserved: 89
stored: 577
instructional: 155
on order: 2
active: 1313
Changes '23/'24:
Fleet adds: 11
Fleet drop: 37
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The most beautiful dream that has haunted the heart of man since Icarus is today reality.
-- Louis Bleriot
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Special D-Day Invasion Stripes.
USAF #65840
C-130J-30
Invasion stripes applied for 75th Anniversary of D-Day. W7 is the squadron identifier for the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron, the 37th AS’ legacy squadron.
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Callsign "Miles"

His last name was Norwegian and hard to pronounce, but sounded very similar to the number 70, so we always called him "70 Miles Per hour" to tease him (and help us remember how to pronounce it). We shortened it to Miles for his official call-sign because it was much easier to say.
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