May 1, 2018 (by Stephane Stinn) - Lockheed Martin recently delivered the final two C-130J-30 Super Hercules airlifters (#16-5841 & #16-5843) assigned to the U.S. Air Force installation at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
USAF C-130J-30 #16-5841 touches down at Yokota AB, April 27, 2018. This is the Fourteenth C-130J delivered to Yokota from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Yokota received its 13th and 14th Super Hercules to complete its C-130J fleet. [USAF photo by Yasuo Osakabe]
These C-130J-30s are flown by 36th Airlift Squadron crews at Yokota, and the new aircraft recapitalize the unit’s older C-130H fleet. The C-130Js are used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations in the Western Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. The 36th AS — known as the “Eagle Airlifters” — is one of several flying squadrons under the 374th Airlift Wing.
Lockheed Martin delivered nine C-130J-30s to Yokota, which is operating 14 Super Hercules in total. Yokota received its other C-130Js from other U.S. Air Force operators through a fleet rebalancing initiative.
The C-130J is defined by its versatility. To date, the C-130J supports 17 different mission configurations to include transport (military and commercial), firefighting, search and rescue, Special Operations, weather reconnaissance, and aerial refueling.