May 3, 2016 (by Asif Shamim) - Airman of the Montana Air National Guard came together to honor a recent retiree. A C-130 flown by the 186th Airlift Squadron was retired Monday afternoon.
Another C-130 is already at Gore Hill to replace the aircraft with tail number #73-1598
The retired aircraft will become part of the static display for public viewing on Gore Hill with the fighter aircraft already on display at Heritage Field which is just outside the unit’s gate.
Master Sergeant Thomas Pisano, 120th Airlift Wing C-130 crew chief, says over its 43 years of service, this C-130 has racked up more than 24,000 flight hours.
"I think it is fantastic that this is going to be out in the air park. I hope that every one that does come up here is able to enjoy it. One thing I have always noticed we do a lot of tours up here and the kids absolutely love it so I hope they get something out of it as well," Pisano said.
The retired C-130 was built in 1973 at a plant in Marietta, Ga. Also that year, President Richard Nixon was in office, M*A*S*H was in production and the price of a first class stamp was 8 cents.
The retired C-130 has served many units during its 43 years, including those at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas; Clark Air Base in the Philippines; Travis AFB in California; Dyess AFB in Texas and in the Pacific, all before arriving at Gore Hill in September 2014.
The aircraft has logged more than 24,000 flight hours and has been flown by 120th crews since 2014.