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Turns out my theory was correct. The preproduction KC-130s have different version numbers, and the regular production KC-130Js use 72J.

5488 382U-11J 165735

5489 382U-11J 165736

5499 382U-11J 165737

5506 382U-11J 165738

5507 382U-11J 165739

5508 382U-11J 165809

5509 382U-11J 165810

5515 382U-33J 165957

5516 382U-33J 166380

5527 382U-38J 166381

5528 382U-38J 166382

5543 382U-38J 166472

5544 382U-38J 166473

5553 382U-38J 166511

5554 382U-38J 166512

5555 382U-72J 166513..and the rest are 72J.

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VMGR-152 KC-130J 168065 QD-065 is today visiting U-Tapao RTNS,Thailand,so confirming this airplane is with VMGR-152.The 3 other new VMGR-152 new airplanes,168066,168074 and 168075 have also been seen at U-Tapao this month.

I confirmed it in early January, but always good for a second source. Here is the post: http://herkybirds.com/showthread.php?2395-USMC-KC-130J-Thread&p=19974#post19974

Confirmed: 168065 5644 is with VMGR-152. Spotted 10 Jan 11 ROTM-PWAK squawking SUMO28.

Selcal is BSDR. 168066 (5645) is BSEQ, and was delivered on 18 Dec 10. The other two you mentioned were delivered in September.

168068 (5647) for VMGR-352 was delivered 04 Jan 11.

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Turns out my theory was correct. The preproduction KC-130s have different version numbers, and the regular production KC-130Js use 72J.

5488 382U-11J 165735

5489 382U-11J 165736

5499 382U-11J 165737

5506 382U-11J 165738

5507 382U-11J 165739

5508 382U-11J 165809

5509 382U-11J 165810

5515 382U-33J 165957

5516 382U-33J 166380

5527 382U-38J 166381

5528 382U-38J 166382

5543 382U-38J 166472

5544 382U-38J 166473

5553 382U-38J 166511

5554 382U-38J 166512

5555 382U-72J 166513..and the rest are 72J.

All right. Sounds good. Thanks for clearing that up :)

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Version number is painted on cab nose (first painted on while in cab jig being built) is nothing more than the build code. It refers back to the desires of the buyer. It tells the production builder what to put on the airframe and what blueprint to pull and use to put the customers options on ie. mud flaps, radio, whiteside wall tires, cruise control etc. If you ever worked the production line at Lockheed and been through an auto factory they are very similar such as the way the line is layed out and the way the build code is used on both. As an OJT ( that is Lockheeds title for a person who has various lousy little jobs) when a worker had a problem that I was suppose to help figure out, it usually was because he was using the wrong blueprint. We were on a 7 day move and we moved the line on swing shift every 7th night and some dayshift guys wouldn't notice it the next morning and using yesterdays print (which he didn't turn in at the end of his shift) he would have problems trying to build an 18B with a set of 44E prints. First thing I would say is " let me see your prints" This was in the mid 80's and we were building H's. It was a great experience to have worked there.. BUT...wouldn't want to go back, ha ha. Bill :)

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