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USMC receives 50th KC-130J

August 25, 2016 (by Stephanie Stinn) - The U.S. Marine Corps accepted delivery of its 50th KC-130J {#169226) Super Hercules aerial refueler at the Lockheed Martin facility on August 18. This KC-130J is assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

The 50th USMC KC-130J (#169226) departs from Lockheed Martin's Marietta facility on its ferry flight to VMGR-352 on August 18, 2016. [Lockheed Martin photo by Damien A. Guarnieri]

As a member of the proven C-130J Super Hercules family, the KC-130J is battle-tested and delivers unmatched tanking capabilities — delivering fuel to a multitude of platforms, from helicopters to the F-35B Lightning II, the world’s most advanced 5th generation multirole fighter.

“The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the most visible KC-130J operators in the world, providing vital support where it’s needed most,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. “We value our partnership with the Marine Corps and know that much of the success of the KC-130J platform is due to the multiple missions carried out by Marine crews on this aircraft. Congratulations to the U.S. Marine Corps on delivery of this milestone KC-130J!”

The KC-130J aerial refueling tanker is the latest in a long lineage of combat proven KC-130 Hercules aerial refueler technologies. The new KC-130J builds on proven aerial refueler designs while taking full advantage of tremendous technological and performance improvements inherent in the basic C-130J aircraft. Several international operators also fly the KC-130J.

Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation

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