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C-130 News: US air force showcases C-130 Hercules in central Vietnam


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The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City invited a number of Vietnamese reporters to a session that introduced the features of the C-130 Hercules aircraft coded 1459 at Da Nang International Airport, according to Infonet, the news website of the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications.

The turboprop military transport aircraft is 29.3 meters long and 11.9 meters tall, and has a wingspan of 39.7 meters, Tuoi Tre Online said.

It has four Allison T56-A-15 propeller jet engines with a capacity of 4,591 HP and can fly at 366 kph in all weather conditions, the newswire added.

This kind of plane is mainly used to transport people and cargo for the U.S. army.

The crew members introduced to Vietnamese correspondents the features and operational ability of the plane that can be used in humanitarian and disaster relief activities.

This plane can even act as a mini-clinic to provide medical aid, Infonet said.

The chief pilot of the plane, Major Jon Locklear, said the aircraft can carry 92 passengers and 60 paratroopers, and have 72 stretchers for patients, according to Infonet.

The plane is slated to leave Da Nang to return to the U.S. on Wednesday.

The U.S. air force now has 428 planes of this kind in total, Infonet said. The C-130 Hercules plane took part in humanitarian assistance operations as part of the Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) 15-3 jointly conducted by the United States and Vietnam in central Quang Ngai Province from March 23 to 30.

PACANGEL is a total force, joint and combined humanitarian assistance operation led by the U.S.’s Pacific Air Forces, according to the U.S. Pacific Command (U.S. PACOM).

PACANGEL 15-3 included general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics and engineering programs, as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges, the U.S. PACOM said.

PACANGEL enhances participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, according to the U.S. PACOM.

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That's funny. You would think the people of Vietnam wouldn't need an introduction to the C-130 as we rescued'em, fed'em, hauled'em' dropped'em, shot'em and bombed'em with old Herk and even gave'em some back in the 60's and 70's. Must have a short memory. Just my thoughts. Bill

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The government of Vietnam must be starting a new air line. I recall getting 240 Vietnamese in the cargo bay along with their chickens, pigs, cows and family dead. This should turn out to be quite profitable for Vietnam as an airliner. I agree with Bill, I don't think the Vietnamese living in the south need any introduction to the C-130. Besides, the Vietnamese have plenty of spare parts to keep the plane flying from the ones we gave them in the 70's. Jay

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