C-130 Hercules News

First newer aircraft arrives

January 13, 2017 (by Lt. Col. Jerry Lobb) - The first of eight newer C-130 Hercules aircraft to serve with the 908th Airlift Wing arrived January 12, 2017. The aircraft #89-1188 came from the 914th Airlift Wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N. Y.

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The 908th's newest aircraft C-130H #89-1188 taxies to a stop on January 12, 2017 as it arrived at Maxwell AFB, from Niagra Falls ARS. The 1989 C-130 Hercules will replace a 1985 version. [USAF photo by Lt. Col. Jerry Lobb]

The 914th is transitioning to the KC-135 air refueling aircraft.

After flying the same aircraft for 31 years to the month, the 908th begins its transition from the current 1985 model aircraft to eight aircraft built between 1989 and 1992.

While they are 4-7 years newer than the wing’s current aircraft, they are the same H-2 model.

Over the next few months the 1985 models will be retired as the newer aircraft arrive. The transition is scheduled to be complete in July.

The 908th is the state’s only Air Force Reserve unit. The unit operates a fleet of eight C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft. Known as the “Workhorse of the Air Force,” this plane can carry 42,000 pounds of cargo, 92 troops, 64 paratroops or 74 litter patients. It can fly up to 386 mph with a range of 5,200 miles

Courtesy of 908th Airlift Wing

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Col. Pat Brooks (Center), commander of the 908th AW greets Lt. Col. Steve Catchings (Right), aircraft commander and CMSgt. Brent Solomon, flight engineer after the newest 908th aircraft landed at Maxwell AFB on January 12, 2017. The C-130 Hercules came from Niagra Falls AFRS. [USAF photo by Lt. Col. Jerry Lobb]

The newest tail number to call the 908th AW at Maxwell AFB home. C-130H #89-1188 arrived on January 12, 2017 from Niagra Falls AFRS. [USAF photo by Lt. Col. Jerry Lobb]