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  1. On 8/30/2017 at 11:31 PM, US Herk said:

    I will be very surprised if they make that deadline for MC-J to get TF.

    Nope.  No TF.

    Latest I heard was the MC-130H is extended to 2025-28, but it all depends on the MC-J getting some form of operable TF radar.   

    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. 

  2. 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]

  3. I'll bet this decision is creating an uproar in the French aviation community.

    A400s' just became cheaper to buy.

    France has no intention of buying the C-130J.

    France Denies Plan To Buy C-130Js To Fill A400M Helo Refueling Gap

    — 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


    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

  4. 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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