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60 years! Tribute to the longest aircraft in US Military production - C-130 Hercules

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Lockheed celebrated the 60 year anniversary with a new C-130 variant, the MC-130J with updated props, digital flat screen cockpit, modernized amenities, and more. Here's to another 60 years Herc! (www.cnn.com) Más...

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preacher1
preacher1 3
I can remember as a young airman and visiting a friend in the tower at Davis Monthan in 1969, the "cab daddy". Newby on local control. Broke 4 f4's midfield which was standard, cleared a C130 of some type for a 9 mile straight in, which was standard, and cleared a U2 for left hand break, which was standard. Dad liked to have knocked me down getting to a mic to untangle everything. Newby said " Dad, that's what you told me to do" Dad said " yeah but I didn't tell you to clear them all at the same time. Sent the 130 and the F4's around as U2 recovery folks were already on runway. We were a SAC base at that time so the blackbirds had priority.
ToddBaldwin3
Todd Baldwin 1
Preacher man, batten down the hatches, you've got some hard rain and thunder bumpers coming your way. It just pounded us.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Whereabouts you at.? Last I looked on the radar it was still way up in NW AR.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I'm about 20 miles South of KRUE by the road. 10 by air, 3 West of KMPJ.
ToddBaldwin3
Todd Baldwin 1
I'm a couple of hours West. I PCSd to Texarkana last fall
preacher1
preacher1 1
I got to say praise the Lord. It washed out just before it got to us, came across with just a breeze and light rain, then refired after it got past here. Sounds like IL got it worse than anybody.
oowmmr
oowmmr 2
I was a KSUU for the open house/airshow many years back. While on the flight deck one of the airmen told me they where going to decommission the C130, the C17 was supposed to replace it. Then to my surprise I go some years later and, uh, a C130 with glass panel. Now 6 bladers, friggin' cool!! Mmmm, I wonder what the next upgrade will be???
pr0ject
El Kabong 2
Herc's get worked on/tested out at the Lockheed JRB in Ft Worth (formerly Carswell AFB). Occasionally you can see 2-3 AC-130s orbiting south Dallas doing targeting calibration runs. Pretty cool sight, but definitely wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of any of that!
preacher1
preacher1 2
Normally, when a spooky gets you in their sights, start digging the grave.
retranger
Dave Rose 2
Spent 22 years in U.S. Army special operations, jumped from virtually every type of A/C you can jump from, both static line and MFF...It all began with jump from a C-130 and ended the same way. The 130 was always my favorite jump ac, tough, reliable and versatile. I miss hearing then pass over my old house in the pattern at Pope AFB, NC. Always 50 minutes of NOE enroute to the DZ, fond memories of the Herc.
preacher1
preacher1 2
I am under the training path out of Little Rock AFB and they come over at times low enough to count rivets on the underside. They have gotten much quieter over the years as well, but still have some of the older models down there and you can tell the difference when the come over the house.
bertallen
Bert Allen 1
The C-130 A-model props were three-blade, not four-blade as described in the article. With the Bravo model came four-blade props.
FrankHarvey
Frank Harvey 1
The DC3/C47 of the 1955. Its a shame there too few on the surplus market to replace the Gooney Bird for rough field civilian use in the Dysentery Regions. I guess the L100 was too costly to operate ?
FrankHarvey
Frank Harvey 1
Correction - should read "The DC3/C47 of the mid-50s"
ltcjra
ltcjra -1
Headlines is missing a word. As it reads, this story has to do with length of the C-130.
flyingcookmosnter
You should have said "headline is" not "headlines is." This concludes today's grammar lesson.
preacher1
preacher1 2
preacher1
preacher1 2
Picky, picky, picky. LOL

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