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4 National Air Guard locations chosen for the next C-130H to C-130J upgrades

September 14, 2023 (by Asif Shamim) - The Department of the Air Force selected 103rd Airlift Wing (Hartford, Connecticut), 120th Airlift Wing (Great Falls, Montana), 133rd Airlift Wing (Minneapolis), and 182nd Airlift Wing (Peoria, Illinois), as the preferred locations to receive C-130J Super Hercules to replace their aging C-130Hs, pending the outcome of environmental assessments.

The Connecticut ANG receives C-130H3 #96-7322 as part of a plan to upgrade the 103rd AW's fleet of aircraft, June 2, 2021, at Bradley ANGB. The H3s are replacements for the Connecticut Guard's fleet of C-130H1 aircraft. [ANG photo by MSgt. Tamara R. Dabney]

A total of eight C-130J aircraft will be used to recapitalize the aging C-130H fleet at each location.

This significant series upgrade will require new flight qualifications for pilots and loadmasters transitioning airframes. Any excess in manpower due to this shift will be repurposed through the Air National Guard corporate process and will vary by location.

The Air National Guard will analyze each unit to determine the bed-down sequencing timelines.

The Department of the Air Force will now conduct an environmental impact analysis at each location, which is expected to be completed in fiscal year 2025 before a final decision is made.

Courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

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