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  • Proud of my Military Unit (Rescue flight of Buzz Aldrin)

    12/02/2016 5:49:37 AM PST · by ICE-FLYER · 47 replies
    TWC News ^ | 2 Dec 2016 | Iceflyer
    <p>I have been a proud member of the 109th Airlift Wing since I earned my wings at Undergraduate Pilot training in Feb of 94. Ever since that time I have been flying, exclusively, the LC-130H aircraft. While we have had many a famous and high ranking person on our aircraft and while I have been fortunate to fly several, our unit just got to help out one of America's most amazing and storied heroes, USAF Retired, Colonel Buzz Aldrin!</p>
  • Marines To Add ‘Harvest Hawk’ Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

    05/12/2016 4:00:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 11, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps intends to add improved sensors and precision-strike capability to its entire KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport plane and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleets, applying the “Harvest Hawk” concept to make both aircraft more multi-mission, the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation told USNI News this week. Lt. Gen. Jon Davis said the Marines’ next aviation plan would include upgrading all 79 C-130Js into Harvest Hawk-capable platforms. The Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) includes both modifications to the plane – the installation of a new MX-29 sensor ball with a laser designator on the nose...
  • Taliban says shot down crashed US C-130 plane in Afghanistan

    10/01/2015 9:42:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    MSN ^ | 10-2-2015 | AFP
    The Taliban Friday claimed to have shot down a C-130 military transport plane in eastern Afghanistan, with NATO confirming that 11 people including six US soldiers were killed in the crash. NATO did not confirm the cause of the crash but it comes as Afghan forces -- backed by NATO special forces and US air support -- pushed into the centre of the northern city of Kunduz which was captured by the Taliban on Monday. "Our mujahideen have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter. "Based on credible information 15 invading forces...
  • 6 US servicemembers among 11 dead in C-130 crash in Afghanistan

    10/01/2015 8:19:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Tara Copp
    Six U.S. servicemembers and five contractors were killed in a C-130 crash at Jalalabad Airport in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said late Thursday. The crash, which occurred just after midnight Friday Afghanistan time, involved a C-130J assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, which is part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly, said told the Associated Press that there was no indication of hostile fire. All aboard were assigned to Operation Resolute Support, which is the NATO-led mission to provide training...
  • U.S. C-130 Transport Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Defense Officials Say

    10/01/2015 3:12:32 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | OCT 1 2015
    A U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Friday, two defense officials told NBC News. The crash happened shortly after midnight local time near Jalalabad Airport. There is no immediate information on how many passengers were on the transport plane or whether there are casualties.
  • U.S. C-130 Transport Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Defense Officials Say

    10/01/2015 3:01:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10-1-2015 | Courtney Kube
    A U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Friday, two defense officials told NBC News. The crash happened shortly after midnight local time near Jalalabad Airport.
  • Sagem Hammer Could Arm Hercules (French weapon for C-130)

    06/17/2015 1:28:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | June 17, 2015 | David Donald
    Sagem’s AASM (armament air-sol modulaire) rocket-boosted weapon family, also known as the Hammer, is being proposed as armament for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The weapon would be carried on a rack that fits under the wing pylon of the C-130 in a quick installation that requires no intrusive modifications. Nor does it require integration with the aircraft’s navigation system. Known as SSA-1101 Gerfaut, the rack system is the brainchild of the AA/ROK company, which specializes in developing advanced defense technologies. Pylon and weapons rack specialist Rafaut joined the team, supplying its AUF2 twin-launcher that is in routine use on the...
  • After 60 years, C-130 still a 'magnificent machine'

    08/19/2014 12:27:38 PM PDT · by DFG · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/19/2014 | Jonathan Serrie
    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 -- then serving in the South Vietnamese air force -- escaped on the last C-130 out of Vietnam. During a lull in enemy fire, he emerged from a bunker at Tan Son Nhut Air Base to see the last flyable C-130 stopping and going on the taxiway. The aircraft’s rear ramp was still open, apparently weighed down by the crowd of people standing on it.
  • The U.S. Air Force's New AC-130 Gunships Are Really Bomb Trucks

    06/03/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | June 1, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    The AC-130 flying gunship fleet is one of the most fabled and feared assets in the entire USAF inventory. Known for its ability to unleash a broadside of cannon fire in the dead of night, the newest of the AC-130 lot is more about smart bombs than raining lead and howitzer shells down on the enemy. Before the turn of the decade it became clear that the aging AC-130 fleet was in low supply and exceedingly high demand. As a result the Air Force Special Operations Command decided that it should augment the existing fleet on AC-130H and AC-130Us in...
  • Fat Albert Cockpit: Flight

    06/27/2013 5:14:53 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 14 replies
    watch"><>p>Just a cool video about the Blue Angels' C-130.
  • Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now

    10/30/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/30/12 | Ed Morrisey
    Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now POSTED AT 9:31 AM ON OCTOBER 30, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY Retired Admiral James A. Lyons likely pulled few punches as commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet during his career … and he hasn’t started pulling punches now, either. In a blistering column at The Washington Times, the former commander blasts the lack of action from the US when the administration learned our consulate in Benghazi had come under attack, writing that “courage was lacking” that might have saved at least some of the four American...
  • Whistle-blower: Special forces could have saved Americans in Benghazi

    05/06/2013 6:41:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/6/2013 | Julian Pecquet
    U.S. special operations forces in Libya could have saved Americans killed in the attack last Sept. 11 on the consulate in Benghazi but were told to stand down, a State Department whistle-blower has told congressional investigators. The testimony by Gregory Hicks, who will appear before a House panel on Wednesday, contradicts previous testimony by administration officials who have said all U.S. forces in Libya were deployed the night of the attack. Hicks was in Tripoli during the attack and became the top U.S. diplomat in Libya when Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. He said the special operations team was ready...
  • Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told "you can't go" to Benghazi during attacks

    05/06/2013 9:43:29 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 112 replies
    CBS News ^ | Monday May 6, 2013
    The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa. The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday. According to excerpts released Monday,...
  • CIA agents in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens as bullets

    12/02/2012 9:20:54 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2012 | James Nye
    It has been claimed that CIA agents on the ground during the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and twice were told to stand down. Furthermore sources present during the deadly six-hour assault have said that a desperate last request for military assistance once the CIA themselves came under attack was denied, even though elite counter-terrorism units were only two hours away.
  • Lockheed Martin’s Sea Hercules unveiled

    04/18/2012 9:23:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Strat Post, India ^ | April 16, 2012
    Lockheed Martin’s Sea Hercules unveiled Lockheed Martin has responded with the Sea Hercules to the Indian Navy's Request for Information (RFI) for Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft, as first reported by StratPost. Artist's impression of the Sea Hercules. Source: Lockheed Martin US defense and aviation giant Lockheed Martin unveiled the maritime version of its successful C-130 Hercules medium airlifter at the Singapore Air Show in February 2012. Vice President of Business Development, George Standridge, pointed to a tiny inset image in a slide during a presentation made at the show, calling it the ‘Sea Herc’. “You take the well–proven airframe...
  • Harvest Hawk Gives Marines Peace of Mind

    04/02/2012 5:37:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    US Marine Corps ^ | April 2, 2012
    Harvest Hawk Gives Marines Peace of Mind (Source: US Marine Corps; issued April 2, 2012) KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --- A modified KC-130J flies over Afghanistan ready to unleash a tremendous amount of firepower for the Marines it supports. Equipped to fire Hellfire and Griffin missiles, the aircraft known as the Harvest Hawk, provides close-air-support (CAS) for Marines conducting ground operations. “We can give the commander on the ground peace of mind knowing he has these assets in the sky,” said Capt. Dusty Cook, a pilot for the Harvest Hawk. Cook, a native of East Bernard, Texas, said the aircraft has...
  • Laser Horizons

    04/01/2012 8:34:03 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | John A. Tirpak
    Functional laser weapons are just five years away. Advocates hope that won’t always be the case. The Air Force has been working on airborne laser weapons for more than 40 years, but a fielded system remains elusive. Experts also warn that the US does not enjoy a commanding lead in laser research. And the Air Force’s flagship laser weapon program, the Airborne Laser (later called the Airborne Laser Testbed) was terminated late last year and is now being dismantled. Still, service and industry experts predict there is plenty of reason for realistic optimism. Operational laser systems that can perform a...
  • Harvest Hawk brings Marine aviation community together in Afghanistan

    12/15/2011 7:01:03 AM PST · by SZonian · 2 replies ^ | 12/14/2011 | Cpl. Justin M. Boling, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The Marine Corps Harvest Hawk isn’t the average KC-130J Hercules. C-130 aircraft have been used by the U.S. military for more than 50 years. The Marines in Afghanistan use the KC-130J Hercules for aerial resupply, aerial refueling, battlefield illumination, and troop and cargo transport. In addition to its ability to accomplish traditional Hercules missions, the Harvest Hawk comes loaded with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and an infrared targeting system. The Marines in Afghanistan use this versatile variant of one of the Corps’ most venerable aircraft to provide close-air support and surveillance for ground troops. “We provide overwatch...
  • How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

    07/20/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 20, 2011 | Liz Halloran Interview
    Jul 20, 2011 — Will the Texas governor elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be. [snip] We spoke with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith about the man he has followed since the early 1990s. A former editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Smith says he's convinced Perry will make a run at the White House, and tells us why other Republican hopefuls should be worried.
  • KC-130J Harvest Hawk: Marine Corps Teaches Old Plane New Tricks in Afghanistan

    04/04/2011 8:11:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies · 3+ views
    U.S Marine Corps News ^ | April 1, 2011
    KC-130J Harvest Hawk: Marine Corps Teaches Old Plane New Tricks in Afghanistan (Source: U.S Marine Corps News; issued April 1, 2011) CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan --- One of the U.S. military’s most seasoned aircraft has found a new purpose as a one-of-a-kind weapon for the Marine Corps in support of troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The U.S. military has relied on the C-130 Hercules platform for a variety of tasks including air-to-air refueling, and cargo and troop transportation for more than 50 years. But the Marine Corps, in partnership with Lockheed-Martin, has recently created a unique variant of its KC-130J...
  • Northrop improving C-130 system

    12/07/2010 10:23:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/7/2010 | UPI
    U.S. Air National Guard C-130H crews are being given increased situational awareness during airlift, airdrop and other operations by Northrop Grumman. The company said it had been given a $12.7 million cost-plus fixed-fee contract from the Defense Micro-Electronics Activity to integrate software and hardware that will enable real-time tactical information to be displayed in the C-130H cockpit and navigator station. The displays will provide information obtained from Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol and Situational Awareness Data Link communications, allowing the C-130 crew to not only see the theater tactical picture but also electronically identify its position to others within the...
  • Poland to host US F-16 fighter jets from 2013: minister

    11/18/2010 9:25:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    AFB via Space War ^ | 11/18/2010 | AFB via Space War
    US F-16 fighter jets and Hercules transport aircraft will be deployed in Poland on a rotating basis as of 2013, Poland's Defence Minister Bogdan Klich said Thursday. "Poland has decided to accept the US proposal of hosting rotations of F-16 and Hercules aircraft and their crews" on its territory, Klich told Poland's TOK FM commercial radio station. "I hope this will begin in 2013," he added. "The Americans will come, conduct exercises with Poles and return home. Then, they will return periodically to Polish soil," the minister said. Klich added the F-16 and Hurcules rotations will be similar to those...
  • Singapore gets upgraded C-130

    11/11/2010 9:17:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    UPI ^ | 11/11/2010 | UPI
    Singapore's air force has received its first modernized C-130 featuring Rockwell Collins avionics upgrade. The company's Flight2TM upgrade included an improved flight management system allowing access to precision Global Positioning System approaches, preferred air traffic control routings and search-and-rescue patterns; multifunction displays featuring active matrix liquid crystal display technology; a central engine instrument display replacing analog gauges; improved voice communication; an enhanced digital autopilot and flight director; and an advanced digital weather radar.
  • Indonesia nears decision on F-16, C-130 upgrades

    11/11/2010 8:42:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 11/11/2010 | Greg Waldron
    Indonesia should make a decision on a mid-life upgrade for its Lockheed Martin F-16A/Bs in 2011 or 2012, but could also buy an additional batch of six Block 50/52 fighters. If the upgrade takes place it will extend the service life of the Indonesian air force's current F-16s from 4,000 to 8,000 flight hours, and make them as capable as new-build models, says an industry source. An upgrade to all 10 aircraft is likely to cost around $150 million. Modernisation work would take one year per aircraft, with the work to be conducted in Indonesia using kits provided by Lockheed,...
  • Engineers testing eight-blade prop for C-130

    11/05/2010 12:23:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    USAF ^ | 11/4/2010 | Kenji Thuloweit
    Engineers with the 418th Flight Test Squadron are currently testing a C-130H3 cargo plane equipped with Hamilton Sundstrand NP 2000 propellers. The new eight-bladed composite propellers are shaped to provide additional thrust in the takeoff and low airspeed range while using the current C-130 engines. Regular C-130 "legacy" planes use four-blade propellers. With eight blades, the NP 2000 props are designed to perform with more power and efficiency. "A major limitation propellers have is the wave drag generated by shockwaves when the propeller tips go supersonic," said Dustin Marschik, a 418th FTS performance and flying qualities engineer. "Newer propeller designs...
  • USAF asks industry to answer C-130 replacement questions

    10/26/2010 2:09:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies
    DEW Line/Flight Global ^ | 10/26/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The launch of an all-new airlifter development for the US Air Force could start in 2014. The new aircraft could become operational 10 years later. The aircraft would replace the 450-aircraft C-130 fleet, but the USAF may buy no more than 250. Even after at least five years of discussion, the USAF still does not know whether it wants a fixed-wing, tiltrotor, rotorcraft or airship. These are possible implications inside a capabilities request for information document posted earlier today by the USAF's Aeronautical Systems Center about the Joint Future Theater Lift (JFTL) program . It is, of course, dangerous to...
  • Obama proposes to sell China C-130s

    10/10/2010 10:28:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Global Times,China ^ | October 11 2010 | Hao Zhou
    Obama proposes to sell China C-130s Source: Global Times [02:22 October 11 2010] By Hao Zhou US President Barack Obama has proposed to Congress terminating the suspension of C-130 cargo aircraft export licenses to China, according to a letter published Friday on the White House's website. This proposal, which is regarded by some Chinese analysts as blandishments to China after the US stiffly pressed China to revaluate its yuan, is still subject to review and approval by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The White House didn't release the quantity or price of the C-130s in the proposal....
  • 1962 war hero Hercules to make a comeback

    07/05/2010 7:58:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Jul 05 2010 | Manu Pubby
    1962 war hero Hercules to make a comeback Manu Pubby Posted online: Mon Jul 05 2010, 03:49 hrs New Delhi : Almost 50 years after an earlier version of the military transport aircraft provided a crucial air bridge to transport troops and equipment to the Chinese frontier during the Sino-Indian war, the hardy ‘Hercules’ is making a comeback to India. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to get the first of its six C 130 J Super Hercules on order from the US in February 2011, in time for the Aero India air show and two months ahead of...
  • Patent Lifts Veil on Boeing's Speed Agile

    07/04/2010 8:39:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 2+ views
    I am researching something on future airlifters and wanted artwork on the stealthy super-STOL tactical transport Boeing windtunnel tested under the US Air Force Research Laboratory's Speed Agile program. I asked Boeing if they had a releasable image. No, they said. I asked AFRL. No, said they. So there I was passing the time browsing the US Patent and Trademark Office website and what do I find but this: The patent is here and it's Speed Agile, or close to it based on the one image of a 2008 windtunnel model that I do have, from a presentation by the...
  • Turkey seeks used attack helicopters, transports

    07/01/2010 2:44:13 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 7/01/2010 | Tolga Ozbek
    Turkey has acted to address its urgent need for more attack helicopters and is looking at a possible interim deal to bridge the gap until the availability of its delayed Airbus Military A400M transports. To fill the first requirement, Turkey's Undersecretary of Defence Industries (SSM) has decided to buy nine secondhand AgustaWestland A129s from the Italian army. The Turkish army has an active fleet of 28 Bell AH-1s in the P, S and W variants, as listed by Flightglobal's HeliCAS database. It mainly uses the aircraft in the south-east of Turkey against PKK militants, but urgently needs to replace the...
  • RI wants to buy US fighters, cargo jets

    06/30/2010 7:42:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | 6/30/2010 | Mustaqim Adamrah
    s“During a bilateral meeting, the Indonesian government expressed its interest to purchase F-16 and C-130H Hercules [cargo] aircraft to complete its squadrons,” Defense Ministry spokesman I Wayan Midhio said on Wednesday. Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates discussed the potential sale during the Shangri-La defense dialogue in Singapore last month, Wayan said. The US welcomed Indonesia’s proposal to buy more US-made military equipment, he added. The US also pledged US$15.7 million to Indonesia in 2010 and $20 million in 2011 under the aegis of capacity-building programs to help “modernize” the Indonesian Military (TNI), Wayan...
  • Boeing outlines C-130H and KC-10 cockpit upgrades

    06/24/2010 4:09:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 6/24/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Boeing will upgrade cockpits for US Air Force C-130Hs and KC-10 tankers under separate deals announced on 24 June. The USAF has cleared Boeing to launch low-rate initial production (LRIP) for the C-130 avionics modernization programme (AMP). Boeing will deliver five of 20 kits ordered by the USAF during the first lot of LRIP, with the balance produced by the Warner Robbins Air Logistics Centre and also by an unnamed competitor. Boeing developed the AMP kit under a $1.4 billion development programme awarded in 2000 that endured cost overruns and schedule delays until a final restructuring in 2007. Last year,...
  • Israel Orders ‘Special’ C-130J-30s

    05/03/2010 1:32:14 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 710+ views
    Military Industry Daily ^ | 5/02/2010 | Military Industry Daily
    Israeli C-130 (click to view full) In July 2008, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Israel’s request to buy up to 9 stretched C-130J-30 aircraft, which will replace some of the aging C-130 aircraft that Israel made famous in its 1976 commando raid at Entebbe, Uganda . Appropriately, the new aircraft will also contain a number of features associated with the new HC/MC-130J Special Forces aircraft bought by India and the USA. It has taken some time, but Israel has finally become the 13th C-130J customer nation. The order is a bit smaller than expected, however...
  • Air Force C130s, Navy Equipment to Support Oil Slick Response

    04/30/2010 8:57:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 493+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 05/01/2010 | Donna Miles
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has authorized two Air Force Reserve C-130H aircraft to support the response to a massive oil slick that threatens wetlands and beaches along the Gulf Coast, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell confirmed today. In addition, the Navy has dispatched 66,000 feet of inflatable oil boom with anchoring equipment, along with seven skimming systems and their supporting gear to the region, Navy Lt. Myers Vasquez reported. The C130 crews, assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing’s 757th Airlift Squadron at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio, had prepositioned in Mississippi in anticipation of the tasking. “We...
  • U.S. Air Force gets 28 C-130J Super Hercules

    04/19/2010 6:35:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 754+ views ^ | 4/18/2010 |
    .S. Air Force Chief of Staff has delivered first of 28 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base. "The delivery of this C-130J and others like it is a step toward modernising our airlift inventories , we’ll continue to make progress in this area over the next few years,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz said in an Air Forse official new release. The 317th Airlift Group will replace its existing Dyess fleet of 33 aging C-130 from the newly developed aircraft C-130J Lockheed will complete the final delieveries...
  • Instant Gunships

    04/04/2010 9:02:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 1,033+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 3/31/2010 | Strategy Page
    U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) has adopted a U.S. Marine Corps idea to provide an "instant gunship" system, which enables weapons and sensors to be quickly rolled into a C-130 transport and hooked up. This takes a few hours, and turns the C-130 into a gunship (similar in capabilities existing AC-130 gunships). The SOCOM version is called the “Precision Strike Package,” and it contains the sensor package (day/night vidcams with magnification capability) and a 30mm autocannon. In addition, there are launchers for Viper Strike and Griffin guided missiles. Viper Strike is a 90cm (36 inch) long unpowered glider. The 130mm...
  • EADS: USAF can buy 118 A400Ms with savings from C-130, C-5 retirements

    02/20/2010 8:27:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 162 replies · 3,734+ views
    Flightglobal ^ | 02/19/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    EADS North America has offered a plan for the US Air Force to purchase 118 Airbus A400Ms using savings from retiring most Lockheed Martin C-130Hs and all C-5As. The EADS proposal was submitted last year to the Air Mobility Command (AMC) upon their request, says Neil F. Smith, director of A400M programme for EADS NA. The concept proposes to stand-up about eight squadrons of A400Ms within the US mobility force structure, Smith says. "We get a very good reception" at AMC, Smith says. EADS has been seeking to introduce the A400M in the US market for several years, arguing that...
  • Fixed-wing flights get Troops home faster

    01/30/2010 12:10:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 479+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Spc. Michael Camacho, USA
    CAMP TAJI – More than 3,000 U.S. Soldiers here took advantage of a new program offering fixed-wing flights off this Camp, Jan. 27, significantly decreasing their travel time back home to the States. Traditionally, Soldiers are transported via helicopter to Joint Base Balad or Baghdad International Airport before they departed to Ali Al Salim Air Base in Kuwait, said Staff Sgt. Rufus Brumfield, senior enlisted adviser with the 384th Movement Control Team, 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). "We are able to move numerous [passengers] straight from here and they don't have to stop...
  • US approves Taiwan military plane's transit

    01/21/2010 2:26:06 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 289+ views
    Asia One ^ | 1/21/2010 | AFP
    The United States allowed a Taiwan military plane to transit its territory for the first time in 30 years, giving the go-ahead without first consulting China, officials and media said Thursday. The cargo plane made a stop inside US territory while carrying relief supplies to quake-ravaged Haiti, according to the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy. "The United States approved Taiwan's request for a cargo plane to land and refuel in US territory in order to reach Haiti as soon as possible," Christopher Kavanagh, an official at the institute, told AFP. When asked if Washington had discussed...
  • USAF Sees New C-130 AMP Competition

    01/19/2010 10:48:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 672+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/19/2010 | Amy Butler
    In the latest chapter of the on-again, off-again U.S. Air Force program to upgrade avionics on the C-130 airlifter fleet, service officials say the once-dead project is now funded and will move forward. The Air Force says it has not yet ironed out a procurement strategy, but industry officials suggest the program will go ahead with a competition to build kits. Last month, a contest to manufacture C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) kits was quashed. The Air Force said the “government will readdress the [issue] once a way forward for the AMP program has been determined.” This reversal was brought...
  • United Arab Emirates request US sale of guided bombs, support for C-130J aircraft

    01/04/2010 1:01:03 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 01/04/2010 | Defense Professionals
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress, respectively, on 22 December and 28 December 2009 of two possible foreign military sales (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates of enhanced guided bomb units as well as of logistics support and training for 12 C-130J-30 transport aircraft. The two deals would amount to a total estimated value of $409 million (approx. €286.23 million). According to the DSCA, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested a possible sale of 400 GBU-24(V) 11/B Enhanced PAVEWAY III, 400 GBU-24(V) 12/B Enhanced PAVEWAY III, 400 GBU-49(V) 3/B Enhanced PAVEWAY II, 400 GBU-50(V) 1/B...
  • York County airman's remains recovered from Vietnam four decades after his plane was downed

    12/31/2009 4:58:27 PM PST · by csvset · 15 replies · 717+ views
    Daily Press ^ | December 27, 2009 | Jon Cawley
    YORK It took 41 years, but a York County airman missing in action since the Vietnam War has finally been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery after his remains were positively identified earlier this year. Melvin Douglas Rash, of Grafton, was buried with full military honors Dec. 7 at the revered Washington-area cemetery. He had been missing since 1968, when his Air Force C-130 airplane was presumably shot down over Vietnam. After years of dead ends, the plane's wreckage was finally positively identified in 2002 in a jungle area near the Laotian border. It took six years before military...
  • USAF Appears To Shelve C-130 Upgrade

    12/24/2009 8:06:15 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 961+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/23/2009 | Amy Butler
    The U.S. Air Force appears to have halted the forthcoming competition to build C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) kits, a sign that this program could be terminating in the coming budget request for 2011. On Dec. 16, the Air Force program office overseeing the C-130 AMP program issued a statement noting that the "government is finalizing the way forward on the C-130 AMP program" and the solicitation is "cancelled." The statement adds that "the government will readdress the [issue] once a way forward for the AMP program has been determined." This is the latest chapter in the troubled $5.8 billion...
  • U.S. Air Force Europe Train Air Crews, C-130Js in Israel

    12/20/2009 11:12:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 564+ views
    Defense Update ^ | 12/2009 | Defense Update
    On a recent training exercise U.S. Air Force Europe (USAFE) C-130J Hercules tactical transport aircraft and their crews deployed to the Israel Air Force Base at Nevatim, in the Northern Negev desert in southern Israel, for a period of 10 days. According to USAFE, news release, the units, belonging to Ramstein, Germany based 37th Airlift Squadron participated in the exercise Dec. 1 through 10 to accomplish various training requirements for the C-130J Super Hercules which are not allowed in Germany because of country regulations.
  • C-130 arrival in Poland marks end, new beginning

    11/10/2009 3:02:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 777+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Master Sgt. Scott Wagers,USAF
    11/10/2009 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Ramstein Air Base Airmen delivered the base's last E-model C-130 Hercules Nov. 2 to Powidz Air Base, Poland, marking the end of 38 years of service to the U.S. Air Force but the newest addition to the Polish air force's blossoming fleet of strategic airlifters. C-130 tail No. 1299 touched down and as the aircrew exited the aircraft Polish air force Brig. Gen. Tadeusz Mikutel, the 33rd Air Base commander, and Lt. Col. Mieczyslaw Gaudyn, 14th Airlift Squadron commander, welcomed the American Airmen with warm greetings and a firm handshake. "The main...
  • The JATO Show Dies Of Old Age

    11/06/2009 11:03:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 1,514+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/06/2009 | The Strategy Page
    One of the last regular users of JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) rockets is dropping the practice. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels acrobatic team will no longer feature their C-130 (called "Fat Albert", and used to haul around the maintenance personnel and their equipment) doing a quick and fiery takeoff using JATO rockets. This was always a crowd pleaser, partly because you hardly see it anymore. JATO was first developed in the 1920s, to get gliders into the air. Later, especially during World War II, and a few decades after, JATO was used for getting aircraft off the ground quickly,...
  • 9 feared dead in mid-air collision ( 50 miles off coast near San Diego )

    10/31/2009 10:34:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 1,932+ views
    CBC News ^ | Friday, October 30, 2009 | 3:50 PM ET | Donald Knowles Associated Press
    Investigators are trying to determine why a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 airplane and a U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopter collided on Thursday night, likely killing nine crew members. Aircraft and ships are scouring the ocean off San Diego for any signs of survivors of the nighttime collision, but Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the crash likely killed both the plane's seven crew members and the two-person crew of the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the crash occurred minutes after control of the C-130 was handed off from FAA controllers to military air controllers.
  • Air Force officials dedicate C-130 to Army's 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan

    10/06/2009 6:16:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 611+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. John Jung, USAF
    10/6/2009 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Air Force officials here dedicated a C-130 Hercules to the Soldiers of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Afghanistan Oct. 5 at Bagram Airfield. The transport was originally dedicated at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 25, 2008, to Fort Bragg's entire 82nd Airborne Division based in North Carolina. Tail number 79282 from the Air Force Reserve 440th Airlift Wing from Pope AFB has official nose art prominently displaying an American eagle in flight surrounding the iconic 82nd Airborne's insignia wings on the aircraft's fuselage. The plane also sports "Bragg-Pope" on its...
  • Iraqi Air Force now controls C-130 ops

    10/01/2009 4:26:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 317+ views
    In this March 2009 file photo, an Iraqi Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off from a Mosul airfield with humanitarian relief supplies. The Iraqi Air Force began independent C-130 air operations, Sept. 29. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth. NEW MUTHANA AIR BASE — The Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) began fully independent C-130 air operations, Sept. 29, marking the end of the U.S. C-130 air advisory mission here and the deactivation of the U.S. Air Force's 321st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. An official ceremony here tranfered control of Iraqi C-130 operations to the IqAF's Squadron 23.Presiding...
  • International Arms Dealer Arrested for Conspiracy to Supply U.S. Fighter Jet Engines to Iran

    09/02/2009 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1,245+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | September 2, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: International Arms Dealer Arrested for Conspiracy to Supply U.S. Fighter Jet Engines to Iran Jacques Monsieur, a Belgian national and resident of France suspected of international arms dealing for decades, has been arrested on charges alleging that he conspired to illegally export F-5 fighter jet engines and parts from the United States to Iran. Monsieur is scheduled to have his arraignment today in federal court in Mobile, Alabama. A six-count indictment returned on Aug. 27, 2009, in the Southern District of Alabama charging Monsieur, 56, and co-defendant Dara Fotouhi, aka Dara Fatouhi, 54,...