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Airframe Details for C-130 #3212

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Aircraft: 3212 (57-0505)
LM Aero T/V 3212
Plant Lockheed Marietta Plant
Local C/N
Delivered RAAF A97-212
Current Civilian N131EC
Status [sto]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
05 Jan 1959 [act] A97-212 C-130A
27 Jan 1959 [act] A97-212 RAAF 86 W C-130A
18 May 1965 [act] A97-212 RAAF 36 sqn C-130A
15 Nov 1973 [act] A97-212 RAAF 486 sqn C-130A
24 May 1978 [act] N2268A C-130A
Global Jet Sales/Paramax based in Fort Worth, Texas registered the aircraft but was not taken up.
Unknown [act] A97-212 RAAF 36 sqn C-130A
Jun 1983 [act] SH-3016 C-130A
Parked at Laverton, Australia. Also spotted shortly after with another registration: HK-3016X.
Feb 1985 [act] N13FV C-130A
Owned by Ford & Vlahos, San Francisco
Mar 1989 [act] N213DW C-130A
Registered to Fowler Aeronautical Services and then near the end was registered to Peter P. Suarez of Los Angeles, California.
Apr 1995 [act] N130PS C-130A
Re-registered to Peter P. Suarez of Los Angeles, California.
Unknown [act] N131EC C-130A
Used Cherry Air Aviation Services at Lecompte, Los Angeles for sky diving. The aircraft and spare parts are up for sale. Used in the 2007 movie American Gangster.
Aug 2004 [act] N131EC C-130A
Being used for testing the fitting of two 500 gallon wing tip tanks to replace the type mounted on pylons under the wing. Purpose is to increase performance through reduction drag and stall speed. These new built in tanks are designed and manufactured by Snow Aviation International Inc. of Columbus, Ohio. The new tip tanks are smaller than the normal pylon tanks and produce less drag. The wing tip tanks are patented by Snow Aviation and available as a retrofit to C-130E and C-130H models. After a period of test flying, the wings were removed from N131EC to incorporate spar modificationss and to complete the plumbing to the tip tanks. This aircraft is considered the only A model still flying with three bladed props.
May 2006 [act] N131EC C-130A
Charlie 130 Corporation
21 Nov 2018 [sto] N131EC C-130A
No longer economically recoverable. Likely to be broken up for parts.

Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available
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Sep 14, 2021 - 02:48 AM
Aircraft still intact was not scrapped


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