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 31, 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
31 Mar 2005
MC-130H Combat Talon II #87-0127 of the USAF (7th Special Operations Squadron, 352d Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom), departed Tirana-Rinas Airport, Albania, for a night training mission to work on terrain-following and avoidance skills, airdrops and landing using night-vision goggles. The aircraft was flying 300 feet above the mountainous terrain when it was approaching a ridge. The airplane was not able to clear the ridge and stalled as the crew attempted to climb away. The aircraft struck the ridge, destroying the aircraft and killing all nine crew members on board.

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The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together...
-- Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation
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Airborne Early Warning prototype
USCG #1721
Modified to EC-130V with E-2C radome. Made first flight on July 31, 1991.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Bookem"

1977...yes, 1977. Right at the beginning of the period when individual callsigns in the air were authorized. Flying A-7s in the 74 TFS, the Flying Tigers, at England Air Patch, La. Getting ready to go fight my first F-5 aggressors. My flight Commander and flight lead was scratching his head for a call sign for me, when he suddenly thought of the recently popular TV Show "Hawaii 5-0". Thus, "Bookem, Danno" became the callsign. And that is the rest of the story!
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