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C-130 “Hulk” demolished after 40 years at Hanscom


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C-130 “Hulk” demolished after 40 years at Hanscom

By Lauren Russell, 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs / Published September 17, 2020

 

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The 66th Logistic Readiness Squadron oversaw the demolition of the static C-130 Hercules “Hulk” here Sept. 15.

The 94-and-a-half-foot long airframe has been at Hanscom since 1982, and served as grounds for the 57th and 85th Aerial Port Squadrons cargo loading and offloading training. After the 85 APS deactivated in 2009, “Hulk” was left behind.

“It’s been nothing more than a relic on the base for the last ten years,” said Bill Perkins, 66 LRS Material Management and Fuels Flight chief. “It was time.”

The demolition team completely gutted ‘old 5019,’ as it was referred to by its tail number, before dismantling the entire frame.

Perkins said the shrapnel is off to the scrap yard, and all internal landing gear and equipment was destroyed so it cannot be reused.

“It is a bit of sad ending for a war bird like that one,” said Perkins. “It did its job.”

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It is starting to annoy me to see how many of these old fuselages are getting shredded.

If the base shut down, I understand cutting it up but why not build a $2,000 dollar sun shade for it and leave it parked in the corner.  Keep the sun and water off of it and it will last for another 30 years.  5 years from now somebody will be looking to fund a fuselage trainer and you just trashed another one.

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