C-130 Hercules News
189th AW selected as ANG C-130J training hub
Recently, the 189th Airlift Wing’s 154th Training Squadron was selected by Air National Guard leaders, to be the official home of the Guard’s C-130J training program.
19th AW C-130J crew awarded for heroism on deployment
On May 10, a C-130J Super Hercules aircrew from the 61st Airlift Squadron was awarded one Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for their decisive actions and outstanding airmanship displayed under hazardous conditions while deployed to Afghanistan on September 19, 2020.
130th Airlift Wing officially notified of C-130J basing decision
The Acting Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable John P. Roth, announced today that the 130th Airlift Wing located at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia, has officially been approved to convert to the C-130J-30 Super Hercules.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Jun 17, 2021
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 162
write-off: 350
preserved: 81
stored: 526
instructional: 154
on order: 5
active: 1318
Changes '20/'21:
Fleet adds: 11
Fleet drop: 40
Today in C-130 history
17 Jun 1966
USAF Military Airlift Command C-130E #63-7785, c/n 3852, operated by U.S. Navy squadron VR-7 under MAC control, out of Naval Air Station Moffett, California, exploded over sea after departing Cam Ranh Bay, Republic of Vietnam. Chris Hobson reported in his volume 'Vietnam Air Losses', (Midland Publishing, 2001) on page 62 that '(t)he aircraft came down about 45 miles northeast of Nha Trang and about five miles off a small spit of land south of Phu Hiep. Although very little of the aircraft was ever found it was strongly suspected that the aircraft had been a victim of sabotage by Vietnamese communist sympathisers who worked at the base.' This was the first Navy operated Hercules to be lost, but it was on loan from an Air Force unit. Serial number subsequently applied to C-130E 64-0507, c/n 3991, in 1972, which was assigned 'to another agency' December 31, 1964, and flew Air America missions in support of CIA operations in Southeast Asia in a 'sanitized' condition. Operated into Laos in all-black scheme. Operated by the 1198th OETS out of Norton Air Force Base (from October 1967), and modified to C-130E(I) Combat Talon, then assigned to the 1174th Support Squadron, Norton Air Force Base. To 1st Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, December 1972, now sporting the 63-7785, c/n 3852, identity. Modified to Rivet Yank in 1974, and redesignated MC-130E in early 1977. Ops by the 8th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, mid-1995, then to 711th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, Florida by November 1995. Loan to 8th Special Operations Squadron, as of November 2005.
17 Jun 1967
C-130B #60-0293, c/n 3591, of the 772nd Troop Carrier Squadron, overran the runway at An Khe, South Vietnam on aborted take-off, written off.
17 Jun 2002
C-130A #N130HP of Hawkins & Powers Aviation creashed while fighting a fire in northern California, the starboard wing of the aircraft came off as the centre wing box failed during a pull-out from a drop near Walker, California, followed less than a second later by the port wing. It rolled inverted and crashed into the forest, killing all three crew. This second C-130A fire fighting crash, coupled with the loss of a PB4Y-2 at Estes Park, Colorado on July 18, 2002, resulted in the U.S. Department of the Interior canceling its contract for all heavy tankers. (See 2002 airtanker crashes)
Quote of the Day
Nothing makes a man more aware of his capabilities and of his limitations than those moments when he must push aside all the familiar defenses of ego and vanity, and accept reality by staring, with the fear that is normal to a man in combat, into the face of Death.
-- Major Robert S. Johnson, USAAF
27 Victories, WW-II
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AC-130 Prototype
USAF #54-626
Prototype for the AC-130A but the 'AC' part was never designated. Modifications were done at Wright-Patterson AFB by Aeronautical Systems Division during March and April of 1967. Testing was then done in mid 1967 at Eglin AFB, Florida. Starting September 21, 1967 the aircraft did a 3 month combat deployment to test the aircrafts capability in a real combat environment and operated out of Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam. Often carried tail number 0-41626.
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A guy in our squadron that lost his entire finger egressing from a jet (wedding ring hung on the canopy rail).
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