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  • C-130 News: Franco-German C-130 air transport squadron on track for September IOC

    The C-130 air transport squadron being formed by France and Germany is to reach its initial operational capability (IOC) on 1 September as planned despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Luftwaffe announced on its website on 10 March. The squadron’s four French Air Force (FAF) C-130Js are stationed at Air Base 123 at Orléans-Bricy pending their move to Évreux in Normandy where the joint Franco-German air transport squadron will be based. The Luftwaffe reported that a maintenance hangar for

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    2021 C-130 News

    C-130 News: Super Hercs and paratroopers pull off ‘biggest US-Japan airborne operation in history

    “The biggest US-Japan airborne operation in history” involved hundreds of Japanese soldiers parachuting from Air Force transport planes in the shadow of Mount Fuji, according to the 374th Airlift Wing. Photos of Tuesday’s training, dubbed Airborne 21, show paratroopers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 1st Airborne Brigade jumping from a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota’s 36th Airlift Squadron. They landed at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji. The Air Force was f

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    C-130 News: Service & Sacrifice, “Young, dumb, and innocent.” -Self-description of a C-130 combat pilot

    A C-130 pilot described his “rude awakening” when he first flew into Vietnam. What he thought were fireworks celebrating his arrival, was enemy ground fire. A C-130 combat pilot and veteran of 72 combat missions in Vietnam said the enemy fired on his hulking four engine cargo plane on every landing and takeoff but he never found a bullet hole in his plane. “My angels have been watching over me. That's all I can say. I've been very, very fortunate. I've been very blessed,” said Jim Warn

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    C-130 News: Dobbins partners with three AF units to fly in large-scale exercise

    Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units from across the country partnered to fly a large formation exercise called “Baltic Wolf” here Thursday. The exercise included aircraft and personnel from the 96th Airlift Squadron, Minneapolis, St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minnesota; 357th Airlift Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; 700th Airlift Squadron, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia; along with the 169th Airlift Wing, Peoria, Illinois, of the Illinois Air National Guard. Reserve

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    C-130 News: US Air Force wants to transition software aboard C-130s

    The U.S. Air Force needs industry’s help to transition software onboard C-130s to a DevSecOps approach to allow easier, more frequent updates. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Air Mobility Command is assessing contractors’ abilities to provide a cloud-native, agile software development platform for the four-engine turboprop transport aircraft in service since the 1950s, according to a request for information posted Feb. 18. Under the proposal, the companies would plan the best way

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    C-130 News: After 50 years, Minnesota Air National Guard's C-130 still flying strong

    The aircraft the Minnesota Air National Guard used to transport airmen from around the country to President Joe Biden’s inauguration celebrates 50 years of service. The C-130A first flew its first mission for the 133rd Airlift Wing on Feb. 21, 1971.  A half-century later, the cargo plane is still known for its ability to take off and land just about anywhere.  "We go in and out of the small strips and on top of mountains, down

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  • SATCOM Issues

    Hi!! Hope you are fine and well.  Need to ask few information regarding the SATCOM used in C130. The Euronav RN7 working is not getting clear. Can you guide about the working of RN7? What medium it uses and the complete mechanism of its working? Facing few issues of its call, network and signals.    I will be highly obliged if you can share all the information regarding RN7.    

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    C-130 Technical

    APN-59 Radar Problem

    I well remember my days up in the nose wheel well of C-130s on the frozen, wind blown flight line at Elmendorf replacing APN-59 RTs and antennae alone, freezing to death and breaking my back without any help. That system was at least half our workload there which included ALL avionics systems, as we were severely undermanned and expected to fix it ALL right after we transitioned from AAC to MAC. As they told me right after I got there from Moody AFB in December 1979, “You’re no longer a comm/nav

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    C-130 Technical

    Looking Radar Maintenance Staff

    Ron, Thanks and as you suggest I am attempting to gather as much documentation as I can to support my claims I find it hard to remember full names from 30 to 40 years ago and I realize many of my co-workers will likely have the same memory issue I do remember three additional names -- Doug Wickstrom, James Waldrop, and James Carpenter I have asked for my personnel file and there may be some additional names in there I can add to this posting Stay healthy and safe, out fo

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    165th AW, GA ANG Recieves 3.5 Upgrades and NP2000

    From 165th AW PA Today one of our very own C-130H3s returned after receiving the C-130H3.5 conversion package, this included the NP2000 eight bladed propellers and an upgraded engine compression section. These upgrades increase efficiency, aircraft performance, makes it safer, and reduces maintenance man-hours. The rest of our C-130 fleet will continue to transition to the new propellers over the next year.  

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    Heavy Chain and Eagle Flight.......

    For the past several years I reviewed many posts concerning E-flight missions. I would say that during my tour with e-flight, I only knew the details of the missions I flew. I am sure the details of the missions I flew will never be de-classified. I am sure that the crew I flew with would never reveal any details. Not only that, we didn’t discuss any details among ourselves at any time. E-flight had several era’s. I can only speak to the era that I flew in. Classified sensitive information shoul

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    C-130 Historical

    189th AW selected as ANG C-130J training hub

    189th AW selected as ANG C-130J training hub   May 27, 2021 (by MSgt. Jessica Roles) - Recently, the 189th Airlift Wing’s 154th Training Squadron was selected by Air National Guard leaders, to be the official home of the Guard’s C-130J training program. http://s9.addthis.com/button0-rss.gif http://s9.addthis.com/button1-addthis.gif Aircraft line the rows of the flightline in preparation for flight Oct. 8, 2020, a

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    • GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED and GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED
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      GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED: 1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats. 2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair. 3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person. 4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato. 5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food. 6) Don't snee
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      Funny Signs:   A funny sign in a Norwegian cocktail lounge: "Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar."   In a Zurich hotel: "Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose."  
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      Murphy, a furniture dealer from Dublin, decided to expand the line of furniture in his store, so he decided to go to Paris to see what he could find. After arriving in Paris, he visited with some manufacturers and selected a line that he thought would sell well back home. To celebrate the new acquisition, he decided to visit a small bistro and have a glass of wine. As he sat enjoying his wine, he noticed that the small place was
    • Martha Stewart's Way Vs. My Way
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      Martha Stewart's Way Vs. My Way:   Martha's way #1: Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.   My way: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for pete's sake, you are probably laying on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway. You know we don't have anything better to do.   Martha's way #2: Use a meat bas
    • Have you ever wondered why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?
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      Have you ever wondered why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?   Let's face it English is a stupid language.   There is no egg in the eggplant No ham in the hamburger And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England French fries were not invented in France.   We sometimes take English for granted
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