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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-- Ad found in 'Pacific Flyer' magazine, shortly after the F-20 program was cancelled.
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Prototype for the L100 series had first flight April 20, 1964. The L100 is the civilian versions of the C-130. Another amazing fact was that the first flight was 25 hours long.
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Callsign "Ozone"

My first operational F-16 assignment was at Torrejon AB, Spain in the 612th Fighter Squadron (TFS back then!). We enjoyed the freedom to fly VFR up to 20,000' which was especially helpful when low on fuel coming off the Bardenas Reales bombing range. My next assignment was to Moody AFB, GA in the 68th Fighter Squadron. One of my first sorties was to Pinecastle bombing range in north FL. Following the last pass I was bingo and both my UHF and VHF radios were transmit only, no receive capability. I decided the best course of action was to squawk 1200, declare I was "RTB to Moody, VFR at 19.5" and zoom up to 19,500'. My wingman rejoined to close despite the briefed rejoin formation of tactical line abreast. His was a 2-seat "B" model with both seats occupied. As they joined to my right wing, the 2 pilots were frantically sending hand signals which I couldn't decipher. Turns out they were trying to get me to descend immediately. They transmitted to Jacksonville center our apologies but the flight lead was having difficulty with his radios and that they would rejoin and get him below 18,000 ASAP where VFR is legally flown in the United States. Well, of course it took forever for it to ring in with me that they wanted me to descend so we flew for about 15 minutes at 19.500'. Luckily, I think the Jacksonville center controllers thought it was a hoot especially since there was an F-15 pilot from the Jax FLANG on the frequency chiming in that there was an F-16 pilot "VFR at 19.5, ha ha" Great! I've nearly succeeded in getting a violation AND brought dishonor and shame to the F-16 community in one fell swoop. This event was extremely embarassing especially for a new guy trying to make a good impression amongst his peers and superiors. It was doubly bad because there were 2 witnesses at the scene which makes it harder to refute. My squadronmates first thought "Magellan" would be appropriate for me but that would infer that I was navigationally challenged. At the Moody O'Club one hot, muggy afternoon they finally had a naming. After many beers and a raucous laugh at my expense they decided on "ozone" to memorialize my inability to follow Federal Aviation Regulations with regard to VFR altitudes in the United States.
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