C-130 Hercules News
Herculean Accomplishment: 2,700th Aircraft Delivered!
The 2,700th C-130 Hercules has joined the global fleet, marking a significant achievement in tactical airlift. This landmark aircraft is a KC-130J Super Hercules #170282 and is now part of the U.S. Marine Corps Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 fleet at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.
317 AW 'Explodes into Theater' with maximum endurance operation for Valiant Shield 24
The 317th Airlift Wing completed an expanded Maximum Endurance Operation to Guam with two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft equipped with external fuel tanks, on June 4, 2024.
"Hangar Queen" Turned Hero
U.S. Central Command -- In an extraordinary display of determination and ingenuity, the Airmen of the 41st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit successfully turned a "Hangar Queen" into their saving grace
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C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Jun 23, 2024
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 180
write-off: 351
preserved: 89
stored: 577
instructional: 155
on order: 2
active: 1314
Changes '23/'24:
Fleet adds: 11
Fleet drop: 37
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Today in C-130 history
23 Jun 1969
C-130B #61-0965, c/n 3652, of the 773d Tactical Airlift Squadron, shot down on approach to Katum, South Vietnam.

Quote of the Day
The best form of welfare for the troops is first-rate training.
-- Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
C-130 Hall of Fame
First C-130E
USAF #61-358
First C-130E built. Also has been stated as the last C130E to be retired by the USAF and landed at Edwards AFB, California on May 2, 2012. The retirement of the last C-130E is not complety true since the USAF is still flying some, but it was the last for the AMC. The aircraft was eventually put on display at the AFFTC museum.
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