January 30, 2012 (by Peter Simmons) - A historic milestone with the delivery of its 2400th aircraft.
USAF MC-130J c/n 5680, serial #08-6201 at Lockheed Martin plant Marietta, Georgia just before delivery.
The aircraft was MC-130J Combat Shadow II 08-6201 assigned to USAF Special Operations Command and will be operated by the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon AFB, New Mexico.
The delivery of this aircraft follows a record year for C-130J production at the company’s facility in Marietta, Georgia. In 2011, 33 C-130J Super Hercules were delivered − a new production record for the C-130J model. Aircraft were delivered in six different configurations for six operators: the USAF Air Mobility Command, USAF Special Operations Command, U.S. Marine Corps, Canada, India and Qatar.
The C 130 production line in Marietta is the longest continuously operating military aircraft production line in history.
“As we start a new year it is only fitting that the C-130 breaks yet another record and sets a new milestone,” said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin vice president for C-130 programs. “The C-130 is the benchmark for airlift around the world and we look forward to this year being another year of excellence for our world-wide customers.”