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    • US to boost nuke sniffing with modified C-130s
      When the Air Force dispatches aircraft to the Asia-Pacific to monitor the atmosphere for signs of nuclear activity from North Korea, it relies on its WC-135 Constant Phoenix nuke-sniffing planes. But with only two of those in the service’s inventory, it’s possible the WC-135s might not be able to respond to every contingency.

      Enter the ever-versatile C-130 Hercules, which now can be equipped with a modular kit that allows it to detect nuclear particles in the atmosphere.

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    • 8 injured in Algeria as military plane overshoots the runway
      Algerian television channels say eight crew members have been injured after a military aircraft overshot the runway upon landing at Biskra Airport.

      Private news channels Ennahar and Dzair News are showing images of the plane, a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, cut in half near the airport, which is 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Algiers, the capital.

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    • C-130 News: StandardAero Awarded $600 Million Multi-Year U.S. Air Force T56 Engine MRO Contract
      The United States Air Force (USAF) has awarded its Rolls-Royce T56 Engine Depot Overhaul contract to StandardAero, allowing the company to continue its support of the USAF fleet of C-130H aircraft for an additional 8 ½ years, as an exclusive provider.

      The United States Air Force (USAF) has awarded its Rolls-Royce T56 Engine Depot Overhaul contract to StandardAero, allowing the company to continue its support of the USAF fleet of C-130H aircraft for an additional 8 ½ years, as an exclusive provider.  The total contract value is more than $600M and work will be performed at StandardAero’s facilities in San Antonio, Texas and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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    • C-130 News: Iraqi Air Force graduates first craftsman maintenance technicians
      The Iraqi Air Force certified their first 7-level craftsman C-130 Hercules maintenance technicians in a ceremony, December 27, 2017.

      The occasion represents a landmark in the Iraqi Air Force’s goal of achieving self-sufficiency through the development of its own skilled technical workforce. Currently they rely on C-130J contract logistics support teams to provide the same skills, at a cost of approximately $140 million per year.
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    • C-130 News: First of its kind upgraded C-130H returns to Wyo. Air Guard
      The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing briefly welcomed home the Air Force's first fully-upgraded C-130H, Saturday. This aircraft is the first C-130H to receive extensive upgrades allowing the Air National Guard to remain competitive with the C-130J found primarily at active-duty wings.

      During the past 18 months, this specific aircraft has been at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, receiving three separate engine-related modifications<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">
      aiming to make the legacy aircraft more efficient.

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    • C-130 News: Airman’s prestigious medal found in storage locker
      In October 2001, less than a month after the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States, U.S. and British military forces were beginning a series of airstrikes on Afghanistan. They were there because the Islamic extremist Taliban had refused to turn over Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida extremist leader who orchestrated the attacks that took almost 3,000 lives and left twice that many people wounded.

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    • C-130 News: 2017: An extraordinary year for the Flying Yankees
      In the illustrious 94-year history of the Flying Yankees, 2017 was a year that stood out. It was a year of change but, above all, a year of achievements for the 103rd Airlift Wing.

      The most significant change was the conversion to a tactical airlift mission early in the year. The unit, which had previously flown the A-10, now files the C-130.

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    • C-130 News: Lockheed to open training center for Marietta-made aircraft
      Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility will open a training center this summer aimed at preparing pilots and crews to operate aircraft models produced at the Cobb plant.

      The Hercules Training Center, according to company documents, will feature academic classroom space, training devices and full-motion simulator facilities to train those who pilot or serve on the crew of the C-130J Super Hercules military tactical airlifter and LM-100J commercial multi-purpose air freighter. Both aircraft are built at the Marietta facility.

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    • C-130 News: USAF Eyeing New Props and Upgraded Engines To Breathe Extra Life Into Old C-130Hs
      After nearly a decade of on-again-off-again testing, a one-of-a-kind C-130H Hercules airlifter from the Wyoming Air National Guard is on its way for an evaluation of its latest configuration, which includes upgraded engines and eight-bladed propellers with an advanced electronic control system. Refitting other H-model aircraft with the same modifications could potentially save the U.S. Air Force millions in operating costs, but it’s unclear when this might happen.

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    • C-130 News:Marshall to support French C-130H fleet
      Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group has received a contract from France's Service Industrial de l’Aéronautique (SIAé) to provide engineering services to the French Air Force fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft, the company announced on 22 December.

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    • Ardmore AFB. first C-130 delivery
      By Sonny · Posted
      "The formal presentation of 55-023 to the Air Force was December 9, 1956. " Here is an excerpt from the article:

        Ardmore Air Force Base
      Ardmore, Oklahoma
      and the
      Southern Oklahoma Area The full article can be found here: http://home.brightok.net/~gsimmons/mem53-59.htm "Five thousand people attended the open house December 9, 1956 at AAFB to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130A Hercules, the "City of Ardmore," delivered to the USAF. Formal presentation of the aircraft was made by Robert E. Goss, CEO of Lockheed Aircraft Corp. to General O. P. Weyland, CO of TAC, representing the USAF. Five C-130s with crews from the Lockheed plant at Marietta, Georgia flew here for the presentation. One aircraft demonstrated the planes versatility by dropping 18 A-22 containers across the field from the grandstand. A F-6 fuel truck, Nike Ajax missile, and T-56 engine test stand were aboard one aircraft to demonstrate the capacity of the transport. The Air Force Thunderbirds flying North American F-100 Super Sabres were only represented by two aircraft. The other four had been 'shut in' by bad weather. Prior to the ceremonies, the crack AF Drum and Bugle Corps put on a 25-minute show. Five COs of the five TCWs of the 18th AF were in attendance. Fast Forward Note: The formal presentation of 55-023 to the Air Force was December 9, 1956. The date shown on the data plate of 55-023 is December 7, 1956, the day it no longer belonged to Lockheed. The "City of Ardmore" was retired, October 9, 1989, after nearly 30-years of dependable service. It is on static display at Linear Park, Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas. It does not have the original assigned name, "City of Ardmore", on the fuselage but that information is on the plaque near the aircraft. Fast Forward Note: An Ardmoreite associated in the 1980s with the newly organized Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Ardmore, attempted to locate the "City of Ardmore" and ask that it might be returned to Ardmore when deactivated from service for static display at the GSHM. After much effort, she located the C-130 and was amazed that the military had no idea it was the first C-130A delivered to the AF. It was scheduled to be destroyed as a drone by heat seeking missiles as part of a training exercise. Long story short, the aircraft was saved and Lockheed restored 55-023 to its original condition and colors. Her request was denied but her effort to preserve history saved "City of Ardmore" 55-023 from annihilation. Our belated THANKS to Jimy E. Brady Rose, deceased, and her quest to bring an Air Force historical-first home! Fast Forward Again: The first factory delivered Lockheed C-130H "Hercules" was received by the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Oklahoma City."
    • Ardmore AFB. first C-130 delivery
      By hehe · Posted
      I am looking for information about the first C-130 delivery to USAF at Ardmore AFB in 1955. I believe I have a resin model of the C-130A that was presented to TAC commander by Lockheed during the aircraft delivery ceremony. It is 100% dated to Ardmore AFB and sometime between 1955 and 1956.   Can anyone help out?
    • LM-100J Fancy Flying at 2018 Farnborough Air Show
      By Hush · Posted
      Below is a link from a web site called The War Zone about the 130J demo (Forget The Fighters, Lockheed's LM-100J Super Hercules Demo Slayed At Farnborough).  It also has some additional 130J videos on the demo pilot, MAFFS and The Four Horsemen. http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/22238/forget-the-fighters-lockheeds-lm-100j-super-hercules-demo-slayed-at-farnborough
    • LM-100J Fancy Flying at 2018 Farnborough Air Show
      By Metalbasher · Posted
      Pay particular attention at approximately the 1:40 mark when he performs a loop
    • LM-100J Fire Herc Debuts
      By Metalbasher · Posted
      Lockheed Martin introduces LM-100J 'FireHerc' at Farnborough International Airshow   July 16, 2018 (by Stephane Stinn) - Lockheed Martin today at Farnborough International Airshow (FIAS) introduced the LM-100J "FireHerc," a civil-certified firefighting airtanker variant of the proven C-130J Super Hercules that is the airlifter of choice for 18 nations around the world.
      Artist mockup of the Lockheed LM-100J 'FireHerc' a civil-certified firefighting airtanker variant of the proven C-130J Super Hercules. [Lockheed Martin photo]   The LM-100J is the commercial freighter production model of the C-130J Super Hercules and an updated version of the legacy L-100 commercial Hercules freighter. The LM-100J is flying at and on static display at this year's FIAS.

      C-130s — legacy Hercules, Super Hercules and L-100s — have flown millions of hours in support of missions for military and civilian operators around the world for more than 60 years, which includes supporting firefighting missions for more than 40 years. The LM-100J FireHerc builds on this proven experience and offers advanced capabilities to support aerial firefighting requirements for decades to come.

      "With the presence of wildfires increasing on a global scale, there is a real-time need to provide more advanced assets to protect our people, communities and environment," said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. "As a variant of the C-130J Super Hercules, the FireHerc delivers a powerful combination of established performance advantages and innovative technology that will truly change the way we fight and defeat wildfires."

      The Hercules plays a vital role in firefighting by dispersing retardant to contain and control fires in locations with complex terrain and compromised operating conditions. The FireHerc's straight-wing design and turboprop power plant allows it to excel in supporting this challenging low-level, low-speed firefighting mission profile like no other large airtanker in operation.

      Additional FireHerc advantages include:
        Advanced flight deck avionics that provide outstanding situational awareness and modern safety features to protect and guide flight crews through challenging conditions. The ability to support two different retardant dispersion solutions: the gravity-drop based Coulson Aviation RADS Product Line or the pressure-type dispersal Modular Aerial Firefighting System II (MAFFS II). Both have been certified by the U.S. Forest Service on the Hercules platform to meet strict ground coverage standards. A path to support night firefighting with advanced integrated technology, allowing responders to combat fires on an unprecedented 24/7 cycle — providing an unmatched advantage against nature.  
      Courtesy of © 2018 Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • C-130 News: Officials confirm C-130 Hercules military plane went down near Savannah
      By TNelson · Posted
      When I heard and saw this accident on You-Tube a few weeks ago I was greatly sadden to see this old girl gone.  I worked and flew on 50968 and her sister aircraft while I was stationed at Keesler.  Though I was the crew chief of 50963, I knew all these planes. I have many found memories of the Hurricane Hunting days. What a great job it was! 
    • Tyre of c130b ac
      By eliasafr · Posted
      We recover the problem by replacing the anti skid valve....it was found faulty during before taxi check
    • Tyre of c130b ac
      By Jcapsparkchaser · Posted
      Naha Okinawa 374th FMS Electric shop 4 Sqdns of C-130As, 21st, 35th, 817th, 40yworst (41St) being so close to ocean Anti Skid, and anyone out there who was there will back me up the "A" Model fire light (fire warning) was a nightmare. And 1 of the S@#$ jobs was replacing or repairing terminal strips under flt deck just inches from the removable steps about 8 inches from floor upside down on a shelf. I would do it all over again in a minute!
    • Tyre of c130b ac
      By GVS · Posted
      Hard to believe he started TO roll w/the parking brake on.As to the anti skid,it was left off or disarmed until during the T O check list called for "ANTI SKID" and the response was "on the roll".Soon as roll commenced,C P flipped the switch,little red light went out and all was good(we hoped). The shortest F 14 landing I ever witnessed :A glitch in the brakeing system caused the brakes to lock unbeknownonsed to the test pilot.I was nearly a mile from the touchdown point when I saw 2 puffs of smoke and then heard boom boom.Of course the tires were destroyed but the wheels  were worn off half way to the axel. 
    • Our #3 Engine Failed to Air Start
      By tinyclark · Posted
      I apologize if my question offended you. I grew up as a military USAF brat and have lived all over the world. I have never heard that term used in maintenance terms, so just wanted to know what part of the world "snag"comes from. Also, I am an Avionics dude, not engines. And, I have to add, grow some thicker skin. Aircraft maintainers don't get offended by anything really. Good luck solving your problem.  
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    • Snow
      By Sonny · Posted
      While living in Denver the weatherman said, expect 10 to 12 inches of snow tonight so park on the right side of the road so we can plow the left side.   Willie’s wife ran out and parked on the right side.   The next week the forecast called for another 10 to 12 inches of snow, but this time he said park on the left side.   So Willie’s wife ran out and parked the car on the left side of the road.   The following week he said 16 inches of snow expected park, the lights went out and all our power was lost. Willie’s wife said, my goodness, now I don’t know where to park the car.   Willie said: “Why don’t you just leave it in the garage!”
    • An engineer, a mathematician, and a physicist........
      By Sonny · Posted
      An engineer, a mathematician, and a physicist were standing around the university flagpole,
      when an English professor wandered by.
      “What are you doing?” he asked.
      “We need to know the height of the flagpole,” said one,
      “and we’re discussing the formulas we might use to calculate it.
      ” “Watch!” said the English professor.
      He pulled the pole from its fitting, laid it on the grass, borrowed a tape measure and said,
      “Exactly 24 feet.”
      Then he replaced the pole and walked away.
      “English professor!” sneer the mathematician, “We ask him for the height, and he gives us the length.”
    • The Widow (sent to me by Mel Copeland)
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    • Shy Guy
      By Sonny · Posted
      A very shy guy goes into a bar and sees a beautiful woman sitting at the bar. After an hour of gathering up his courage he finally goes over to her and asks, tentatively, "Um, would you mind if I chatted with you for a while?"
      She responds by yelling, at the top of her lungs, "No, I won't sleep with you tonight!" Everyone in the bar is now staring at them. Naturally, the guy is hopelessly and completely embarrassed and he slinks back to his table.
      After a few minutes, the woman walks over to him and apologizes. She smiles at him and says, "I'm sorry if I embarrassed you. You see, I'm a graduate student in psychology and I'm studying how people respond to embarrassing situations."
      To which he responds, at the top of his lungs, "What do you mean $200?"      
    • And that's when the fight started...
      By Sonny · Posted
      My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
      I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have Sex?'
      'No,' she answered.
      I then said, 'Is that your final answer?' ... She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, 'Yes..'
      So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend." And that's when the fight started... ________________________________ I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first. "I'll have the rump steak, rare, please."
      He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?"
      "Nah, she can order for herself." And that's when the fight started..... _____________________________ My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school
      reunion and she kept staring at a drunken man swigging his
      drink as he sat alone at a nearby table. I asked her, "Do you know him?"
      "Yes", she sighed,
      "He's my old boyfriend. I understand he took to drinking
      right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear he
      hasn't been sober since." "My God!" I said, "Who would think a person could go on
      celebrating that long?" And then the fight started... ________________________________ When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed.
      But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat,
      making beer.. Always something more important to me. Finally, she thought of a clever way to make her point.
      When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing
      scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into
      the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again
      I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish cutting the
      grass, you might as well sweep the driveway." The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp. _____________________________ My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.
      She asked, "What's on TV?"
      I said, "Dust." And then the fight started... ________________________________ Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the
      boat up to the van and proceeded to back out into a torrential
      downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather
      would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back;
      now with a different anticipation,
      and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible." My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?" And that's how the fight started... _______________________________ My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.
      She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds." I bought her a bathroom scale. And then the fight started...... ______________________________ After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply
      for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's License to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later. The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'.
      So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application. When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office. She said, 'You should have dropped
      your pants. You might have gotten disability too.' And then the fight started... ________________________________ My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to me,
      "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you
      to pay me a compliment.' I replied, "Your eyesight's damn near perfect." And then the fight started........ ________________________________ I rear-ended a car this morning...the start of a REALLY bad day! The driver got out of the other car, and he was a DWARF!!
      He looked up at me and said 'I am NOT Happy!'
      So I said, 'Well, which one ARE you then?' That's how the fight started. ________________________________ One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot
      as a Christmas gift... The next year, I didn't buy her a gift.
      When she asked me why, I replied,
      "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!" And that's how the fight started.