C-130 Hercules News

Head of Air Mobility Command at the controls for C-130J Super Hercules delivery flight

May 5, 2005 (by Lockheed Martin) - Lockheed Martin today delivered a third C-130J Super Hercules to Little Rock AFB, Arkansas at the controls was Gen. John W. Handy, commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.

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"Our great airmen flying daily in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have the highest possible praise for the C-130J," Handy said. "I am extremely pleased with the performance of the C-130J during its deployment. In fact, it is doing so well that we are sending four J's in the next rotation to the theater of operations."

The C-130J performs the same missions as the legacy C-130 fleet. However, it employs technology that allows it to operate seamlessly in the modern combat environment with fewer crew members, leaner logistical support and increased reliability. The C-130J also provides commanders the flexibility of greater range and payload. For example, the average in-theater C-130H mission is scheduled to carry 50 passengers and two pallets. The stretched C-130Js average 75 passengers and three pallets - a 50% increase.

U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules have been on deployment in southwest Asia since December 2004. The aircraft have already established a reputation for being able to conduct operations that are transforming the way tactical airlift is conducted. The aircraft's vastly increased performance is resulting in more efficient and safer operations. C-130Js are able to relieve many of the truck convoys, thus taking U.S. forces out of harm's way.

Handy also remarked on the high reliability of the C-130Js in theater. "A mission capable (MC) rate reflects what percentage of time an aircraft can perform its mission. For example, typically we expect C-130s to operate at a 75% MC rate meaning that on average, an aircraft is flying or is ready to fly 75% of the time. The C-130J, while supporting the Global War on Terror, achieved a superb 93.9% MC rate from Dec. 18, 2004 to April 16, 2005 and a staggering 98.9% MC rate from March 30 to April 5. In practical terms, this means the aircraft was broken less than 2% of the time. This is a phenomenal accomplishment."

The U.S. Air Force formally accepted its first C-130J Super Hercules on April 16, 2004, marking the beginning of a new generation of cargo and personnel transport for the active-duty Air Force.
Little Rock is home to the Air Force's C-130 Center of Excellence, which provides C 130 aircrew and maintenance training for all U.S. military branches as well as for 27 allied nations. The base also has a new Lockheed Martin C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (JMATS) facility, a simulator-based schoolhouse that will support C-130J entry into the fleet. Under the current USAF plan, there will eventually be 26 C-130Js based at Little Rock.

A total of 180 C-130Js are on order, and 124 have been delivered to date. In the United States the USAF, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard units fly C-130Js. The Marine Corps operates KC-130J tankers and the Coast Guard flies the HC-130J

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