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  1. A challenge, yes, but its working and getting better as the testing progress's.
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    This month being October 2017
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    Just an FYI, the MCTF radar mod for the MC-J starts this month. Of course it will go through DT&E and OT&E for a few years.
  4. http://www.lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockheed/data/aero/documents/global-sustainment/product-support/2013-hoc-presentations/2013-HOC-Monday/Mon 1315 Kellstrom Defense Aerospace.pdf Amazing what you can find on Google. This has all the information.
  5. One thing to remember, this is a test. If they don't pan out they may not be a mod down the road. The USAF is looking hard at any fuel savings they can get.
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    First LM-100J (c/n 5818 )Commercial Freighter Taking Shape Components for the first LM-100J commercial freighter version of Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Hercules airlifter are being manufactured, with final assembly to begin in Marietta, Georgia, later this year. The aircraft is scheduled to fly in early 2017, and the FAA certification flight-test program is expected to take 12 months, says Ray Fajay, vice president of business development for air mobility, special forces and maritime programs. The first aircraft will then be delivered to an unnamed customer after certification. None have been identified, but Faray says Lockheed has both launch customers and other potential opportunities that range from exploratory discussions to advanced negotiations. Lockheed built 115 L-100 civil Hercules freighters based on the earlier C-130E, and sees a market for 75-100 LM-100Js. “Existing operators say the only replacement for a Hercules is a Hercules,” Faray says. LM-100J sales will augment production of the military C-130J in Marietta, now running at 24 a year. A multiyear contract signed in 2015 covers production of 78 aircraft over five years for the U.S. military, plus five options, with deliveries from 2016-2020. Beyond the multiyear, Lockheed sees U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps requirements for another 100-110 aircraft to complete procurement plans. “Beyond that there is Guard and Reserve recapitalization, so we still believe a fair amount of aircraft will be needed.” – Graham Warwick, [email protected]
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    New Herk

    And a pay check to all the employees trying to make a buck.
  8. France has no intention of buying the C-130J. France Denies Plan To Buy C-130Js To Fill A400M Helo Refueling Gap PARIS — A capability shortfall in the Airbus A400M tactical airlifter has left France facing the potential inability to refuel military helicopters, a requirement that French defense procurement agency DGA says the aircraft may never fulfill. However, the DGA said April 3 it is continuing to work with A400M prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space to find a solution to the capability gap, and it has no plans to purchase Lockheed Martin C-130Js from the U.S. “Our priority is to get the full capacity of the A400M,” the DGA said, adding that it “denies that it is trying to buy American C-130J aircraft to fill the gap” as reported in an April 2 article in French aerospace journal Air & Cosmos that claimed the DGA planned to buy five of the airlifters. According to the DGA, the Airbus-built A400M turboprop engines create excessive turbulence when refueling French helicopters. A June 2013 test involving Airbus EC725 Caracal helicopters was successful only after extending the A400M’s refueling cable, a solution the DGA found unacceptable. “The refueling capacity is one of the specifications of the A400M,” Airbus said in an April 3 statement. “Noth ing today allows us to announce that the customer has given up on this capacity. Nothing seems to justify the purchase of numbers of tactical American aircraft for this reason only.” Despite the denials, the refueling problem remains. If the A400M is unable to provide helicopter refueling for the French armed forces, the DGA will seek compensation from its prime contractor. And a solution must be found quickly, as the French cannot continue to rely on aging C-160 Transall aircraft, given current operational commitments, which include Operation Chammal in Iraq and multiple missions in the Central African Republic and the Sahel. In the meantime, while France has already received six A400M airlifters — and expects four more this year — Airbus has yet to issue a revised delivery schedule since announcing earlier this year that the program is experiencing production delays. In February, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said he had set a goal of doubling delivery of the aircraft in 2015. But with only eight aircraft furnished in 2014 to four of seven program partner nations, the target of 16 aircraft delivered in 2015 still falls well short of an earlier target of 22 expected this year by France, Germany and the U.K., as well as the airlifter’s first and only export customer, Malaysia. —Caroline Bruneau
  9. Had to go to L-3, but I got the number.
  10. Any one know the part number of the attaching screws for the 202050-901 inclinometer that is mounted to the CMDU. Can't find them on any drawings or IPB.
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    I do know that there are several MC-J's that will have the gunship mod in the future. Some are several years out though.  
  12. Interesting. Good thing things turned out like they did. http://www.fayobserver.com/military/report-details-midair-collision-of-fort-bragg-planes-faults-crews/article_769c2d00-7a3c-52d4-b2b9-c59f1a60b720.html
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    Production List

    On the J model list, from about 5751 and beyond is not completely acurate. Not sure where Bobs info came.
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    This is the video http://www.military.com/video/aircraft/gunships/ac-13-h-gunship-the-final-chapter/2920155038001/
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    I was watching a video on the AC-130H and noticed that the flight crew was wearing camo. Are these new camo flight suits or the regular BDU's?
  17. Got that right. Had to throw that flight suit away.
  18. http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/FTFFTW/library/Herk/Scratch%20and%20Dent%20Sale/73%201592%20EC%20H%20with%20thrown%20prop?start=all
  19. Most of you are correct, however we (yes I was the FE on the plane) were going to Bangor Maine to RON. The next day we were scheduled to depart for England. This incident happened over upper New York, and yes it was inflight. Gear Box came apart at 22,000ft if I remember correctly, happened in September 1988/89 (long time ago). Took out number 4 engine. Did a two engine landing at Pease AFB. Melted the right brakes stopping the airplane. That’s the short story.
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