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  1. Yokota receives last C-130H loadmaster

    July 17, 2016 (by A1C Elizabeth Baker) - The 374th Airlift Wing is the last active duty wing in the Air Force to operate the reliable and versatile work horse of airlift: the C-130 Hercules. Recently, the 374 AW received the U.S. Air Force’s last active duty loadmaster trained on the C-130H.

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    A!C Stephen Clark, 36th AS C-130 Hercules loadmaster, stands inside a C-130H at Yokota AB on July 13, 2016. Yokota AB is the last active duty installation to operate the C-130H, and Clark is the last active duty loadmaster trained on the H model. [USAF illustration by A1C Elizabeth Baker]
    Airman 1st Class Stephen Clark, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, will soon begin contributing to the last chapters of the H-model’s 40-year airlift story

    “It’s good to be here,” Clark said. “I’m excited to do my job and I’m looking forward to working.”

    Yokota Air Base has hosted C-130s since 1975, when they were assigned to the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron. Clark, as one of the last parts of that legacy, said that his fellow airlifters assigned to the 36 AS have taken to jokingly calling him “The Last Samurai.”

    In technical school, Clark was the only active duty member in class. He was surrounded by the National Guard and Reserve members who continue to work on H models.

    Clark admitted to feeling a little sad that so much history is being retired from active duty and he’s sure he’ll miss the H models. Despite this, he also stated that the change will be a good one.

    Yokota’s aircraft are scheduled to be replaced by the upgraded C-130J Super Hercules which features more automated functions, superior performance and new capabilities. It performs a diverse number of roles, including aerial firefighting, special operations, aerial delivery, hurricane hunting, search and rescue and personnel transport. As Yokota progresses to the latest technological developments in its mission to move cargo through the skies, it is receiving the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter.

    The 374 AW projects that the last of the H models will leave Yokota within three years to go to National Guard and Reserve bases. The first J model is due to arrive in late fall this year.

    Many H model loadmasters will be retrained to the J model, as Clark may be. Until then, he said, he takes pride in working on the H models.

    “The J model will be easier, which is nice, but I enjoy getting my hands dirty,” Clark said.

    The Super Hercules performs part of a loadmaster’s work with automated components. The advanced technology present in the J models eliminates the need for navigators and flight engineers, reducing the aircrew to the pilot, copilot and loadmasters. Yokota recently received its last C-130 H navigator as well.

    This newest C-130 model has already proven its reliability with more than 1.2 million flight hours logged. It is operated by 16 countries and has been used to set 54 world records.

    Lockheed Martin, producer of the C-130s, describes the newest model on its website.

    “There is no aircraft in aviation history, either developed or under development, which can match the flexibility, versatility and relevance of the C-130J Super Hercules,” the website states. “In continuous production longer than any other military aircraft, the C-130 has earned a reputation as a workhorse ready for any mission, anywhere, anytime.”

    Reflecting on the next stage of Yokota’s airlift, Clark said that change is good and he’s excited to learn more about a sophisticated new aircraft and its capabilities.

  2. Little Rock AFB receives Milestone C-130J

    June 21, 2016 (by Stephanie Stinn) - The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, received a milestone Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifter on June 20th.

    USAF C-130J-30 #14-5796 on its delivery flight from Lockheed Martins Marietta facility to 61st AS on June 20, 2016. [Lockheed Martin Photography by Andrew McMurtrie]
    This is the last C-130J-30 delivery for the 61st, which operates a fleet of 14 Super Hercules airlifters.

    Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility here. Everhart is a command pilot who has logged more than 4,500 flight hours in his career, which includes flying C-130E/H aircraft.

    The 61st, which has operated C-130s since 1956, is part of Air Mobility Command's 19th Airlift Wing. The 19th Airlift Wing also includes another Super Hercules unit: the 41st Airlift Squadron. The 19th Airlift Wing has the distinction of operating one of the U.S. Air Force’s largest C-130J fleets with 28 Super Hercs in total.

  3. I think there is a lot more than you would expect.  Of the parts that should be/could be interchangeable, I think they (LMCO) tweaked them enough to put themselves in a position to capitalize on the supply chain.  The other thing is that all the J model part numbers are just that, J model part numbers and do not interchange with Legacy part numbers.  I know in USAF there are several things that Legacy can use off a J model but because the part number is different than specified in the Legacy books, a TAR/-107 must be processed.  For example flight deck windows; Legacy has their windows that are different from J model windows.  If need be, a J model window can be used on a Legacy if approved by engineering, however a Legacy window cannot be used in a J model.

  4. There are definitely differences in parts which makes them difficult to procure since you can't use Legacy parts on Js and vice versa.  For example, I know the J model elevators and rudder weights are slightly different than that of the Legacy so using them interchangeably is not an option. Of course it doesn't help when you don't buy the spare parts package and even then, you are competing with LMCO for same parts they need for their production acft to roll off the line with.


  5. They have been asking for at least 10 years...the acft is pretty far gone and not airworthy.  The cost to move it anywhere is astronomical, hence the reason no one has taken it yet.  The museum didn't see any significance in the acft (based on a conversation I had with Ken Emory), hence the push to remove it from their inventory.  Yes it was modified for the very special Credible Sport project but it never flew a single mission, not even a test mission in this configuration so in their eyes, it was just another acft that had just been modified, nothing special.  AFSOC looked into it but too costly to relocate.  If too costly for them (and they are not that far from Robins) then too costly for anyone else to even consider taking on the effort.

  6. 22 minutes ago, bobdaley said:

    Thanks, any sign of 74-2072 which is also supposed to be at Robins?



    Bob, best of my knowledge and quick research, 74-2072 was acft that came into Robins and donated the forward fuselage (FS 245 forward) to 74-1665 or 74-1689 (forget which one was the receiver) but both acft went to Afghanistan.  They put the old forward section of 74-1665/78-1689 on 74-2072 and it (74-2072) was then taken to the Robins Warrior Air Base Training Center for ABDR training etc. 

  7. 20 hours ago, PerfManJ said:

    It's drag reduction which should save a little fuel, but mostly at low speeds. They don't do anything for takeoff performance and probably have some long term effects on wing life. Plus they add weight.

    I reiterate my preference for the "microvanes" - they clean up the dirtiest part of the plane, aerodynamically speaking.

    Found a 2012 HOC presentation covering Winglets and Microvanes at http://www.lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockheed/data/aero/documents/global-sustainment/product-support/2012HOC-Presentations/Wednesday/Wed%201600%20Fuel%20Efficiency%20Initiatives-Kyle%20Smith.pdf

    Claims the following for winglets in the presentation:

    - Fuel Efficiency Benefits
      -- Estimate 1-3% Fuel Savings

    - Increased Efficiency Requires Less Fuel for the Same Payload / Range Performance
      -- 21 Gallons/Hour Reduction for C-130J Long-Range Payload Logistics Mission

    - Increase Payload / Range Performance
      -- 4% Increase in Range for C-130J

  8. 16 hours ago, bobdaley said:

    Is it real or is it photoshopped, and what are they supposed to do, save a little fuel?

    Does not seem worthwhile on an average herk mission profile?


    Bob, it is real, I got confirmation yesterday from a LMCO source.


  9. http://www.arcticwarrior.net/2016/03/04/static-display-c-130-hercules-heads-indoors-for-refurbishment/

    According to this article, the C-130 located at Elmendorf was recently moved into a paint facility to be sanded and repainted.  No tail # listed in the article.  Only problem is they were not going back to the European 1 (light green, dark green, dark gray camo scheme) to the Equipment Excellence (gray).  It's suppose to be finished and repositioned in April sometime.

  10. From AFA Daily Report, 13 Jan

    Air Force Reserve Command's 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick AFB, Fla., recently retired its last legacy HC-130 King search and rescue support aircraft, the unit announced. The unit's six heavily used HC-130P/N airframes were grounded last year due to corrosion and would have required an expensive and time-consuming depot-level overhaul to continue in service, AFRC leadership acknowledged. The aircraft will be back-filled by less-worn HC-130s made available by the ongoing recapitalization of the Active Duty fleet with new-build HC-130J Combat King IIs, according to a unit release. "We are excited about receiving our newer [slightly used] aircraft and making them a part of the family," said 920th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander Maj. Stephen Young. The last of Patrick's former fleet, serial number 65-00976, departed for the boneyard after several hours' delay to replace an engine on Sept. 9, 2015. The aircraft accumulated more than 16,000 flight hours before retiring to storage.

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