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C-130 News: Nigeria: Air Force Adds C130 Aircraft to Fleet

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Lagos — The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has added to its inventory another C130 aircraft. The resuscitated aircraft's C-check was done jointly by Sabena Techniques in conjunction with the Nigerian Air-force at the 401 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (ACMD) Lagos.

The Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Logistics Command, Ikeja, Air Vice Marshal (AVM), Olutayo Oguntoyinbo, while commissioning the aircraft on behalf of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Shola Amosu, said the C130 would be used for the lifting of electioneering materials to different parts of the country during the 2015 general elections.

Before then, he said, the aircraft would join others in the on-going war against insurgency in the North-East part of the country.

The aircraft was re-commissioned after the C-check inspection work by NAF personnel under the leadership of the Chief of Aircraft Engineering, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Umar, in conjunction with a foreign partner, Sabena Technics of Italy.

Oguntoyinbo further stressed that the aircraft would assist in moving men and materials to the theatre of operations. He stated that the addition to the NAF fleet would go a long way to assist the force in carrying out its responsibilities.

"The C-130 is a force multiplier because it will do the work of a thousand men. It is a logistics backup aircraft which will assist in moving men and materials to the theatre of operations. Its resuscitation is timely even as we prosecute the ongoing war against insurgency. It would be deployed to join other fleets of the NAF, which currently take off from different points from where we launch to the warfront," he added.

View original article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201411071579.html

Note: Image is a stock Nigerian C-130

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Wonder how long it'll be before it winds up again in some remote part of the air base rotting away in the African heat and humidity? When I was in Lagos in early 2000, the Nigerian AF had all but one of their C-130's parked in random places on the base with engines and flight controls missing.

Don R.

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