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University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) Gets C-130

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Updated 21 hours ago

By Thomas Gnau, Staff Writer

The University of Dayton’s newest lab will be unique. 

The UD Research Institute will start to receive a decommissioned Air Force C-130 cargo plane Wednesday morning, expected to arrive in several sections on flatbed trucks.

The plane will be used for research work and education, the Air Force and a spokeswoman for the university said Wednesday.

Once reassembled, researchers from UDRI will perform research with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Product Support Engineering Division and the center’s C-130 Program Office, Wright-Patterson said in a statement.

“The Air Force spends a lot of money on aircraft sustainment,” said Debbie Naguy, AFLCMC Product Support Engineering Division chief. “The C-130 that is being delivered here today will help us demonstrate and qualify new innovative technologies to lower sustainment costs and improve readiness.”

Air Force and university researchers will together use the plane to test and demonstrate new technologies, with an eye on how to lower costs in sustaining older C-130s.

Keeping older planes flying, and doing that in a cost-effective way, is one of the Air Force’s bigger challenges. 

In particular, new technologies such as 3-D printing offer the Air Force a relatively low cost way to replicate older plane components.

UD poured a 2,500-square-foot concrete pad to bear the plane, which weighs 40 tons empty. 

The plane has a wing span of more than 130 feet. A university spokeswoman said it may take about a week to fully assemble.

The plane is being delivered from Eglin Air Force Base, near Pensacola, Fla.

The research work is expected to last between 18 and 24 months and will involve students from UD, The Ohio State University, and Wright State University working alongside Air Force and UDRI engineers and researchers, Wright Patterson said in an announcement. 

Video located at:  https://www.daytondailynews.com/business/update-giant-130-cargo-plane-delivered-today/HP5m3li2COLsVkS0BPTDwK/

 

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I live about ten miles from the location at which the aircraft will be reassembled and studied.  I'll keep my eye on the progress and when the vertical fin reaches vertical such that the tail number can be seen I'll post it here.  On the local tv news tonight there were several closeup film clips.  From what I observed the aircraft is in poor condition.  

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I live about ten miles from the location at which the aircraft will be reassembled.  I'll keep my eye on the progress and when the vertical fin reaches vertical such that the tail number can be seen I'll post it here.  On the local tv news there were several closeup photos.  From what I observed the aircraft is in poor condition. 

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I was the Assistant Crew Chief on her at McGuire AFB, NJ in 1966-67

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On 5/22/2019 at 8:00 AM, Sonny said:

I was the Assistant Crew Chief on her at McGuire AFB, NJ in 1966-67

Wow great!! I'm collecting the history of this aircraft, if you have any info on it, I'd love to see it!

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Here's the University of Dayton's article about what 63-7872 is doing - it's being used to help the USAF keep these old planes such as the C-130, KC-135, B-52, C-5, etc... keep on going, keep on flying - https://udayton.edu/blogs/udri/19-05-15-c-130.php?fbclid=IwAR2Tct-lxjH2IWCXLTHuA0Hce8GTf9hFdgKHs9PXuat3rxSCllhwMIcQwTU#.XNwVlM4SDmg.twitter

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Does anyone know of any humanitarian efforts this C-130E  63-7872 helped in? I'm putting together a historical info on this particular bird.  Thanks!!

 

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