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After 60 Years, C-130 Still a 'Magnificent Machine'

Fox News // Aug. 19, 2014

Tim Nguyen regards the C-130 “Hercules” as a “good friend.” The 60-year-old military aircraft has been the focus of his professional career, and quite possibly saved his life. During the 1975 Fall of Saigon, Nguyen escaped on the last C-130 out of Vietnam. Nguyen came to the U.S. as a refugee. He earned an engineering degree and Lockheed Martin hired him in 1983.

Bagram C-130J Loadmasters Use New System for Airdrops // Aug. 5, 2014

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron completed an airdrop for the Afghan National Army using the new Wireless Gate Release System Aug. 1, 2014 at Bagram Airfield Afghanistan. While still in the testing phase in the U.S., the WGRS, is the primary method crews use in Afghanistan.

Eagle Airlifters Take to the Alaskan Skies

DVIDS // Aug. 5, 2014

Four C-130 Hercules' and more than 70 personnel assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base Japan arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, this week to undergo joint-aerial training with paratroopers from the 725th Brigade Support Battalion.

C-130J Hercules Makes Tricky Night Landing in Nepal

NDTV // Aug. 4, 2014

The Indian Air Force deployed its C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft to  transport a team of geologists and disaster management officials to Nepal for clearing the landslide in a river there which is threatening to cause flood in Bihar.

C-130 Airlifter: the Most Successful Military Aircraft Ever

Forbes // Aug. 4, 2014

The latest version of the plane is called the C-130J Super Hercules, and if you measure success in the military aircraft business by how many users a plane has, how many missions it performs, or how long it has been in continuous production, then Hercules is hands down the most successful military aircraft ever. 

Lockheed Gets First Customer for Commercial C-130J

Defense News // July 16, 2014

ASL Aviation Group has become the first customer for Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J, the new civil version of its popular C-130J military cargo transport, in a move that could potentially create return for military customers down the line.

Look Ma, No Hook: How A C-130 Hercules Managed to Land on an Aircraft Carrier

The Aviationist // July 16, 2014

With the successful test, which took place in moderately rough seas in the North Atlantic 500 miles off the coast of Boston, the Hercules became the largest and heaviest aircraft to ever land on an aircraft carrier, a record that stands to this day.

C-130 Training Takes Flight

Little Rock Air Force Base // June 27, 2014

The 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., is the nation's tactical airlift "Center of Excellence" and trains C-130 aircrew members from the Department of Defense, Coast Guard, and 47 allied nations.

Wingin' It: C-130 Team Installs Center Wing Box

Robins Air Force Base // June 20, 2014

A C-130U model gunship received a new center wing box Tuesday, representing another successful installment for the program and the 560th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

C-130Js Record a First with Landing at Latvian Base

Air Force Times // June 19, 2014

On Tuesday, three Air Force C-130Js assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, became the first U.S. aircraft to use a runway at the newly renovated Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia.

Video Shows C-130s Flying at Very Low Altitude Through the Valleys During Red Flag Alaska

The Aviationist // June 1, 2014

This video shows a C-130H from the U.S. Air Force’s 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota airbase Japan while conducting training operations during Red Flag Alaska 13-1. You can also spot another Hercules leading the formation through the valleys.

Another New C-130J for Little Rock

Air Force Magazine // May 20, 2014

Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, Air Mobility Command’s vice commander, ferried the C-130J from the company’s assembly facility in Marietta, Ga., to Little Rock on May 15

Video: Blue Angels' C-130 Workhorse ‘Fat Albert’ Takes High-Performing RI Guardsmen on Thrilling Ride  

Providence Journal // May 16, 2014

“We’re going to max perform this airplane,” promised one of the C-130’s Marine pilots, Capt. Dusty Cook.

'SkiBird' Flies South, Visits Andrews

DVIDS // May 8, 2014

A visit to Joint Base Andrews May 8 by the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing provided a rare opportunity to get an inside view of the Guard’s polar mission and their signature ski-equipped Air Force LC-130H Hercules “SkiBird” aircraft.

Multi Mission Operator

Skies Magazine // May 7, 2014

The Coulson Group may have started as a logging contractor in British Columbia, but it has diversified. Today, Coulson’s customized firefighting Lockheed C-130Q Hercules — also known as Tanker 131 — is on aerial firefighting duty for the United States Forest Service.

10 Interesting Facts about the C-130J Super Hercules // April 15, 2014

Perhaps one of the most familiar series' of airplanes in aviation history, the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and her predecessors have played diverse roles in the success of military, humanitarian, and special operations.

Stunning, Rare, Air-to-Air Image of the First Israeli Air Force C-130J in Formation

The Aviationist // April 9, 2014

The first Israeli Air Force C-130J Super Hercules (dubbed “Samson”) arrived at Nevatim air base. But on its way to its new airbase, it was welcomed by other IAF support aircraft for a fantastic and unusual shot.

403rd Wing Surges C-130s in Major Exercise // April 7, 2014

Sixteen aircraft from the 403rd Wing took to the skies over the Mississippi Gulf Coast region April 5 in Operation Surge Capacity, a large-ship formation training exercise.

California Air National Guard Conducts Rescue off Coast of Mexico // April 3, 2014

A team of Air National Guardsmen from the Bay Area's 129th Rescue Wing departed Moffett Federal Airfield this afternoon to conduct a complex, overwater rescue mission to save the life of an American infant on a vessel approximately 900 nautical miles off the coast of Mexico.

C-130 Crew Flies Aircraft’s Last Mission

DVIDS // March 28, 2014

An Airman with the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) performs pre-flight procedures inside an HC-130 P/N King before takeoff on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 28, 2014.

US Airmen Arrive for FIDAE, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges in Chile

DVIDS // March 24, 2014

The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

VMGR-234 ‘Rangers’ First to Begin Reserve Transition to KC-130J Aircraft // March 18, 2014

"The KC-130J ‘Super Hercules’ boasts a more advanced avionics set and has approximately thirty percent more power,” said Lt. Col. Patrick F. Tiernan, VMGR-234 commanding officer. "In addition to being newer and more reliable, the aircraft boosts efficiency by reducing the number of personnel needed to operate in flight."

Fat Albert Integral Part of Blue Angels Show
Imperial Valley Press // March 15, 2014

Serving primarily as the team’s work horse, the large, blue and yellow Lockheed C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as Fat Albert, has been part of the Blue Angels team since 1970, said Staff Sgt. Christian Villalobos, who served as navigator aboard a special Fat Albert flight for media and educators Friday afternoon.

C-130 Fat Albert Flies Over the Silent Drill Platoon // March 4, 2014

The C-130 Hercules known as Fat Albert, assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies over the silent drill platoon during flight practice at Marine Corps Air Station.

The Dump Truck of Airplanes
Smithsonian Air & Space // Feb. 27, 2014

Winter got you down? Tired of the gray, slushy snow? Try living at NEEM Camp, a remote research facility consisting of two tents and a hut in northwest Greenland. To get there, scientists must rely on the members of the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard.

Amazing Images Captured of Melbourne Skyline as Hercules C-130J Cruised through Surrounding Skies

Herald Sun // Feb. 8, 2014

The enormous metal military bird was out to promote the Centenary of Military Aviation at Point Cook on March 1 and 2.

New AC-130J Completes First Test Flight 
Eglin AFB on // Feb. 7, 2014

After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the skies for the first time as a gunship here Jan. 31.

Lockheed Launches Civil Version of C-130J Military Transport Plane
DVIDS // Feb. 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp on Monday launched the civil variant of its C-130J Super Hercules military transport plane, the LM-100J, saying it expected to sell about 75 of the planes to mining and energy companies, and other commercial and government customers in coming years.

Air to Ground: A Father and Son Rare Moment
DVIDS // Feb. 3, 2014

What makes the basic airdrop different is that Chuck Barth will be controlling the drop that his son will be releasing. They have never had the opportunity to work together until Northern Strike at Grayling Air and Gunner Range, Alpena, Mich.

Fat Albert Turns Heads in Yuma
DVIDS // Feb. 3, 2014

Heads turned when the bright blue and yellow “Fat Albert” made its appearance here; flying a little lower than they were used to seeing.

Aircrew Flight Equipment Has Aircrew's Six
DVIDS // Jan. 26, 2014

Without the work of the six airmen, who run the C-130J Aircrew Flight Equipment shop 24 hours a day at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, C-130 pilots and aircrew would not be able to support Operation Enduring Freedom with aeromedical evacuations, cargo and troop transportation and strategic airlift capabilities.

16 SOS Moving Forward // Jan. 22, 2014

Heads turned when the bright blue and yellow “Fat Albert” made its appearance here; flying a little lower than they were used to seeing.

Polish Air Force Recognizes C-130 Maintainers for Quick Assistance
U.S. Air Force // Jan. 6, 2014

A group of Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here strengthened an alliance with the Polish air force recently, when a Polish C-130 aircraft developed a problem with one of its propellers.

Mighty Planes Skibirds Full Episode
Smithsonian // Dec. 2013

The Hercules Skibird is the go-to aircraft for tough jobs in frozen places. It's on its way to Greenland, the country that holds the record for the worst flying conditions on the planet.

Watch the Air Force Become Santa for Thousands of Islanders in Annual Package Drop Project
Huntsville Times // Dec. 30, 2013

The Air Force has delivered presents to the more than 30,000 inhabitants of the tiny islands through its annual "Operation Christmas" project. Like Santa, the presents come from the sky but instead of a sleigh, they are airdropped from a C-130 Hercules.

New Air Force Concept for Aeromedical Evacuation to Meet Challenges in Africa
Stars and Stripes // Dec. 26, 2013

If the call came, the Air Force’s newest aeromedical evacuation team members would head for the designated C-130 or C-17 waiting on the Ramstein tarmac, grabbing duffel bags of surgical tools and other equipment from a warehouse and embarking on a race against time and distance.

C-130 Units Share Final Deployment
DVIDS // Dec. 20, 2013

The 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron has a history of providing airlift for passengers and cargo since the 1940s and currently provides tactical airlift capabilities via C-130J Super Hercules in Southwest Asia.

Operation Christmas Drop Delivers Relief to Typhoon-Stricken Island
U.S. Air Force // Dec. 17, 2013

Airmen participating in Operation Christmas Drop here, coordinated with non-governmental organizations and State Department officials in the region to airdrop critical shipments of water and food for 30 workers recovering from damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan on Kayangel Island, part of the Republic of Palau in the western Pacific Ocean Dec. 11.

Close Air Support Exercise a Success
U.S. Air Force // Dec. 17, 2013

The training included jumping from a C-130 Hercules, clearing airport areas, aircraft landing, loading service members and departure. Once on the ground, Airmen and Soldiers then participated in an airfield seizure training operation on Rivolta Italian air force base.

'Hurricane Hunters' End One of Calmest Seasons on Record
U.S. Air Force // Dec. 16, 2013

Nov. 30 marked the end of hurricane season, and the 403rd Wing's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron closed up shop at their forward operating location at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Spartan Paratroopers Jump in Arctic Gear
U.S. Army // Dec. 16, 2013

For the first time since returning from Afghanistan last year, U.S. Army Alaska's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, conducted an arctic airborne operation, Dec. 12, from a C-130 aircraft onto Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's Malemute Drop Zone.

AMC Airmen participate in 16th Annual Operation Toy Drop
U.S. Air Force // Dec. 10 2013

Operation Toy Drop is an annual U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) sponsored event. The main purpose is to gather toys donated by Fort Bragg Soldiers and distribute them to local children who might otherwise not receive a toy for the holidays. A large airborne operation is also part of Operation Toy Drop. Paratroopers will get a chance to train with a jumpmaster from one of nine countries participating this year.

Life Flight
Air Force Magazine // Dec. 2013

Afghanistan is a dynamic environment where situations can rapidly change. When this aeromedical mission was suddenly diverted to Mazar-e-Sharif to pick up an additional patient, it turned out to be far from ordinary.

Philippines Looks to Procure Additional C-130s in Wake of Typhoon
Jane's // Nov. 25, 2013

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is planning the purchase of several new or refurbished C-130 Hercules transport aircraft over the next few years to improve the capability to respond to natural disasters.

DUBAI: Lockheed Retains Hopes of Replacing UAE Hercules Fleet
FlightGlobal // Nov. 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin still has hopes of seeing the United Arab Emirates replace its current fleet of C-130H Hercules and L-100 transports with new-generation C-130Js, although a company official confirms that no recent talks have taken place.

Operation Weatherman - Saving the RAF's C-130Js
Aviation Week // Nov. 21, 2013

Details of the emergency operation to repair the aircraft, dubbed Operation Weatherman, were revealed at the Hercules Operators Conference in Atlanta last month.

US Air Force C-130J Showcased at 2013 Dubai Airshow
DVIDS // Nov. 21, 2013

Sitting center stage among the U.S. department of defense aircraft supporting the 2013 Dubai Airshow here is a U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules.

Operation Damayan Airlift Operations Intensify
U.S. Air Force // Nov. 20, 2013

Five C-130 crews from Yokota Air Base, Japan, are conducting multiple nighttime sorties that each carry up to 42,000 pounds of rolling cargo in the form of humanitarian aid and relief supplies from Manila to Tacloban.

Airmen Shift From Exercise to Real-world Relief Effort
Air Mobility Command  // Nov. 19, 2013

Airmen from Yokota Air Base, Japan, shifted gears from exercise to real-world humanitarian relief operations as they arrived at Clark Air Base in the Philippines to provide tactical airlift support for Operation Damayan Nov. 16.

Marines contribute to Operation Damayan with Expeditionary Refueling Point
DVIDS // Nov. 18, 2013

Marines established a forward arming and refueling point in Guiuan, Republic of the Philippines, Nov. 16 to support ongoing relief efforts taking place during Operation Damayan.

Airmen Help with Relief Efforts in Philippines
Air Force Times // Nov. 16, 2013

About 150 airmen with Air Force Special Operations Command are taking part in relief efforts in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan made landfall Nov. 7.

Airmen Deploy to Philippines in Support of Operation Damayan
U.S. Air Force // Nov. 15, 2013

The 374th Airlift Wing here deployed a C-130 Hercules aircraft Nov. 13, in support of Operation Damayan.  Operation Damayan is a U.S. humanitarian aid and disaster relief effort in the Philippines, in the wake of the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

Afghan Air Force Races To Prepare For Solo Mission
NPR // Nov. 13, 2013

A ceremony last month marked the official transfer of the first two C-130s from the U.S. to the Afghan air force.

Marines Perfect Refuelling During Flights
DVIDS // Nov. 13, 2013

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced) executed two aerial refueling missions Oct. 30 and Nov. 7 off the southeast coast of Okinawa approximately 80 miles east of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

The Top Secret Legacy of the IAF's C-130s
FlightGlobal // Nov. 11, 2013

The C-130’s legendary status is not only a legacy of the Entebbe rescue operation – it’s much more than that.

Typhoon Haiyan Relief
Code One Magazine // Nov. 10, 2013

Approximately ninety US Marines and Sailors arrived at Villamor AB in the Philippines on 10 November 2013 to provide humanitarian assistance and support in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the islands on 8 November.

3rd MEB to provide humanitarian assistance to Philippines
DVIDS // Nov. 10, 2013

Approximately 90 U.S. Marines and Sailors from 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3rd MEB) and two KC-130J Hercules aircraft from 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) departed Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Nov. 10 en route to the Philippines, according to Col. John M. Peck, chief of staff, 3rd MEB.

US, Israel, Hone Partnership Over C-130J
Little Rock Air Force Base // Nov. 7, 2013

The Center of Excellence here at the 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., is renowned for its C-130 training program, which instructs Airmen from the United States and 46 allied nations around the globe.

Afghan pilots reach new heights with C-130
U.S. Air Mobility Command // Nov. 1 2013

Team Little Rock Airmen, at home and downrange, are playing an integral role in standing up the Afghanistan Air Force's C-130 capabilities.

Polish Help USAFE Airmen with Important JPADS Drop
U.S. Air Force // Oct. 31 2013

Airmen successfully completed the first Joint Precision Air Drop System, or JPADS, delivery in the U.S. European Command region during the bilateral theater security cooperation event, Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-1, Oct. 14-25.

NASA Airborne Campaign To Measure Summer Melt Of Greenland Ice Sheet
Red Orbit // Oct. 31 2013

For the first time, a NASA airborne campaign will measure changes in the height of the Greenland Ice Sheet and surrounding Arctic sea ice produced by a single season of summer melt.

Bagram Aircrew Closes Second Base Together
DVIDS // Oct. 28 2013

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) could adopt the Lockheed Martin SC-130J Sea Herc in fulfilment of its long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) requirement, a company official told IHS Jane's on 29 October.

ADEX 2013: Lockheed Martin eyes Singapore for Sea Herc
Jane's // Oct. 28 2013

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) could adopt the Lockheed Martin SC-130J Sea Herc in fulfilment of its long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) requirement, a company official told IHS Jane's on 29 October.

A Herculean Finish for the C-130K
Royal Air Force// Oct. 28 2013

A Sunset finish as RAF Brize Norton marked the completion of the final operational sortie for the remaining two Hercules C-130K aircraft on October 25, 2013.

Chasing a Dream
DVIDS // Oct. 24 2013

From as young as 3-years-old, Lt. j.g. Matthew Chase knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. Cliché as it sounds, one could say it was his destiny. Chase wanted to be a pilot, but not just any pilot. He wanted to be a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane pilot.

Learning from the Past, While Looking to the Future: An Interview with Lockheed Martin’s Director of C-130 Fleet Support
Aviation Aftermarket Defense // Oct. 22 2013

Aviation Aftermarket Defense interviewed Kanwal Mahal, Lockheed Martin’s Director of C-130 Fleet Support, about the challenges and opportunities in sustaining this iconic aircraft.

Air Force Hercules Practise Tactical Formation Skills Tuesday
Royal Australian Air Force // Oct. 21 2013

A quartet of Air Force’s C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will conduct a series of tactical transport missions at low level over central New South Wales on October 22.

S. Korea, U.S. Carry Out Airborne Logistics Training
Global Post // Oct. 21 2013

South Korea's Marine Corps and the U.S. Army jointly carried out their first airborne logistics exercise on Monday to train soldiers using KC-130J military transport aircraft to simulate cargo delivery operation during wartime.

Saudi Arabia Purchases Pair of KC-130Js
Defense News // Oct. 21 2013

Saudi Arabia has purchased two Lockheed Martin KC-130J tanker aircraft.

Wounded Warrior Makes Final Jump
Hurlburt Field // Oct. 18 2013

One by one, Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron lined up at the back of a C-130, paused, then stepped off the aircraft Oct. 16, completing their free fall training jump into the picturesque water of Florida's Emerald Coast. For Staff Sgt. Johnnie Yellock Jr., this jump was two years and 28 surgeries in the making.

Israel Commences C-130J-30 Flight Training
IHS Jane's // Oct. 17 2013

The Israel Air Force (IAF) has begun flight training on the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft in the United States, the service disclosed on 16 October.

Afghan C-130 Takes Off to a Great Start
U.S. Central Command // Oct. 2013

Just one day after receiving two C-130H aircraft, the Afghan Air Force, alongside NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan advisors, conducted the first mission in the new planes Oct. 10.

Afghan Air Force receives “Hercules” of an Aircraft
438th Air Expeditionary Wing // Oct. 9, 2013

The Afghan Air Force became the 70th country to own and operate C-130 aircraft, during an arrival ceremony Oct. 9 at Kabul International Airport Afghanistan.

133rd Airlift Wing Conducts Statewide Joint Disaster Exercise
133rd Airlift Wing // Oct. 8 2013

The 133rd Airlift Wing conducted a statewide interagency domestic operations response exercise in cooperation with supporting civilian agencies Sept. 16-22. The exercise began with the terrorist incident involving potentially a very high number of casualties. The scenario had members of the 133rd Airlift Wing aiding local entities in the evacuation via C-130 "Hercules" airlift of patients from St. Luke and St. Mary's Hospitals in Duluth to the 133rd AW for ground transport at Abbott, Hennepin County Medical Center and North Memorial hospitals for further simulated medical care.

Last Cargo Mission Out of FOB Sharana
DVIDS // Oct. 4, 2013

The aircrew of “Growler 51” set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government.

Marines Conduct Mass Supply Load Training, Strengthen Expeditionary Capabilities
DVIDS // Oct. 4, 2013

Marines conducted mass supply load training from a KC-130J Hercules aircraft Oct. 2 in Pampanga, Republic of the Philippines as part of Amphibious Landing Exercise 2014.

AF Movement Team Oversees Retrograde Operations
U.S. Air Force // Sept. 30, 2013

A steady flow of C-130 Hercules cargo planes passes through the small dirt landing strip near the Pakistan border to pick up 80,000 to 100,000 pounds of cargo a day. Gustafson, a Spokane, Wash. native, deployed from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., looks to hard work to achieve a strong transition.

MC-130J for Mildenhall
Air Force Magazine // Sept. 30, 2013

An Air Force crew last week picked up a factory-fresh MC-130J special-mission aircraft from Lockheed Martin's manufacturing plant in Marietta, Ga.

Marines, Airmen Take off in Training During BSRF-14
Air Force Magazine // Sept. 24, 2013

Marines assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 13, from the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, command element and Airmen with the 352nd Special Operations Group, joined forces for C-130 training at the airfield in Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania, Sept. 12th.

Wrench Wizards
Airman Magazine // Sept. 23, 2013

Teamwork among crew chiefs, avionics specialists, hydraulic and electronic technicians, and the fabrication shop have helped the propulsion flight and 403rd MXS maintain and keep the wing’s 20 C-130J Super Hercules fleet safely flying.

Afghans to Receive First C-130 Aircraft from US Air Force
Stars and Stripes // Sept. 18, 2013

After nearly a year of relying on helicopters for the bulk of its air cargo transportation, the Afghan Air Force will receive its first C-130H Hercules transports early next month.

Lockheed Sees Good Chance of C-130 Multi-year U.S. Deal
Reuters // Sept. 17, 2013

Lockheed Martin Corp executives on Tuesday said they saw a good chance of a multibillion dollar five-year deal that would allow the Pentagon to buy 79 more C-130J cargo planes from fiscal 2014 to 2018, despite current U.S. budget woes.

39th AS Marks First J-model Deployment
Dyess Air Force Base // Sept. 17, 2013

More than 180 Airmen from Dyess' 39th Airlift Squadron deployed to Southwest Asia Sept. 3-8, marking the first purely C-130 J-model deployment for the squadron.

Cool Million
Code One Magazine // Sept. 16, 2013

The worldwide community of C-130J Super Hercules operators surpassed the one million flight hour milestone in late April 2013. The million hour mark came slightly more than seventeen years after Lockheed Martin test pilots Lyle Schaefer and Bob Price took the first J-model aloft for the first time on 5 April 1996 from Dobbins ARB in Marietta, Georgia.

India to Buy 6 More C-130J Transports
Defense News // Sept. 13, 2013

Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington Sept. 27, the Indian Defence Ministry’s highest body on Friday cleared the acquisition of six C-130J Hercules transport aircraft from the US.

Falklands Hercules Mission
UK MoD // Sept. 11, 2013

RAF Hercules crews are playing a vital role patrolling the seas around the Falkland Islands to prevent illegal fishing. The sale of fishing licences is the main income stream for the Falkland Islands economy. Vessels are permitted to work in the Falkland Islands Inner and Outer Conservation Zones, rich fishing grounds which extend 200 miles from the Islands where squid is the main catch.

Firefighting C-130s Stand Down After Intense Season
Air Force Times // Sept. 6, 2013

After 12 weeks of fighting one wildfire after another across the Western U.S., the Air Force’s specially equipped C-130s have stood down, for now.

Flying Low Over Greenland, Icepod Tracks Changes in the Ice Sheet
The Guardian // Aug. 27, 2013

The LC-130 Hercules flew low over the ice sheet in a tight grid pattern, Teflon-coated landing skis barely 300 metres above the soft upper layer of snow. At the rear of the plane, scientists clustered round a monitor displaying a regular pattern of dark red waves generated by a radar signal.

On 40th Anniversary, Air National Guard MAFFS Crews Busy Fighting Wildfires
DVIDS // Aug. 23, 2013

Air National Guard crews from two states were dousing wildfires from the air in three western states this week as the National Guard marked its 40-year anniversary flying aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System.

Airlifters Enable Jump Week
Yokota Air Base // Aug. 23, 2013

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, jump from a C-130 Hercules during joint jump training with aircrews from the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 21, 2013.

Little Rock Gets New-Build C-130J
Air Force Magazine // Aug. 22, 2013

A factory-fresh C-130J arrived at Little Rock AFB, Ark., becoming the newest Super Hercules assigned to the base since 2009.

Israel Reorganises Transport Squadron Ahead of C-130J Deployment
FlightGlobal // Aug. 21, 2013

Israel's air force has begun reorganising the composition of its Lockheed Martin C-130 squadrons, ahead of deployment of its new J-model aircraft.

Airmen Accomplish Airlift Surge
Yokata Air Force Base // Aug. 20, 2013

Seven C-130 Hercules aircraft took off at Yokata Air Base in a surge formation to practice the 374th Airlift Wing's capability to maintain and launch multiple aircraft at once.

California National Guard Battles Wildfires
U.S. Air Force // Aug. 20, 2013

C-130Js  are capable of discharging 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant along the leading edge of a fire in less than five seconds, saturating an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide.

317th AG Deploys in Support of AFRICOM
Dyess Air Force Base // Aug. 19, 2013

317th Airlift Group C-130Js, aircrews and maintainers departed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 10, in support of U.S. Africa Command at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. This is the first time in two years that the 317th AG has supported AFRICOM. Most recently, in early 2011, the group provided one of their first C-130Js in support of operations in North Africa.

C-130 Ops: ‘Bullets, Beans’ to Forward Deployed Troops
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs // Aug. 16, 2013

The C-130's multifunctional design enables configuration for many different missions, allowing a single aircraft to perform the role of many, thus requiring flexible operators trained to fly and execute the C-130's varying mission sets.

C-130 Loadmasters: A Deployed Balancing Act
U.S. Air Force Central Command // Aug. 9, 2013

Who can balance an aircraft with passengers and cargo thousands of feet in the air? C-130 Hercules loadmasters can! In fact, loadmasters assigned to the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron here deployed from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are responsible for properly configuring the plane for its varying missions and perform a balancing act of up to 42,000 pounds, both passengers and cargo, to ensure the weight is evenly distributed throughout the aircraft.

Herc Maintainers Enable Combat Cargo
U.S. Air Force Central Command // Aug. 6, 2013

The C-130 Hercules has a unique tactical airlift capability allowing them to accomplish missions and land in locations typically not ideal for most aircraft. Due to the rough nature of the Hercules' mission, operators here depend on an experienced team of maintainers in the 746th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit to keep the aircraft serviceable.

Intel, Tactics Prep Path for C-130 Ops
U.S. Air Force Central Command // July 26, 2013

Versatile and resilient best describe the C-130 Hercules and its crews who coordinate, maintain and fly its robust mission capability. At the backbone of the Hercules operations are the Intel and tactics Airmen who work together to ensure the safety of the flight crews through effective mission planning and data collection, giving the crews foresight and peace of mind before taking to the skies.

Smart Cargo, Ready to Fly
Code One Magazine // May 15, 2013

The Joint Precision Airdrop System, or JPADS, is a multipart, GPS-based method that allows for highly accurate parachute airdrop of cargo loads of various sizes from altitudes as high as 25,000 feet. “If a load of ammunition, food, medicine, or other high-value cargo has to be airdropped on a specific ridgeline or inside the walls of a forward operating base from standoff distance, JPADS is the only way to do it.”

One Million Hours for C-130J

Credit: RAF Australian Air Force
Oct. 20, 2013

Fleet Complete

Credit: Dyess Air Force Base
July 26, 2013

Hurricane Hunters Web Extra: The C-130

Credit: The Weather Channel
June 6, 2013

Know Your Aircraft - C-130

Credit: U.S. Air Force
April 15, 2013

Mighty Planes : Skibird - The Largest Ski Aircraft in the World

Credit: The Smithsonian Channel
January 23, 2013