June 15, 2007 (by Lockheed Martin) - Lockheed Martin has delivered the eighth C 130J Super Hercules for the 143rd Airlift Squadron based at Quonset State Airport, Rhode Island.
USAF C-130J 06-1438 from the 143rd AS competes in the air drop competition for Air Mobility Rodeo 2007 by dropping pallets on targets on July 23, 2007. [USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Rose]
This is the last C-130J currently on order for the Rhode Island Air National Guard. Brigadier General Scott Wuesthoff, Vice Commander, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Scott Air Force Base, accepted the new aircraft in Marietta.
“I am absolutely delighted and honored to deliver this superb aircraft to the Total Force mobility fleet. The re-capitalization of the C-130 fleet is essential and this represents a great step in the right direction,” said General Wuesthoff. “Every J model that's added to the mobility arsenal provides us greater range, speed and flexibility as we support the nation's warfighters.”
The Wing has just returned from a 20-month deployment to Iraq where their C-130Js were used as part of a C-130J joint force deployment for high tempo intra-theater operations. During the deployment, four C 130Js conducted 5,444 sorties over 10,750 flight hours, delivered 12,681 tons of cargo and carried 70,350 passengers.