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  1. Tailnumber looks like 0108?

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    First Lockheed Martin/USAF HC-130J Combat Rescue Tanker Rolls Out

    MARIETTA, Ga., April 19th, 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] rolled out the first of a new fleet of HC-130J combat rescue tankers for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) during a ceremony here today. Maj. Gen. Thomas K. Andersen, director of requirements, Headquarters ACC, spoke at the ceremony.

    “Personnel recovery is one of the Air Force’s core missions and vital to what we do in defense of America. The mission is demanding and we are grateful to those [employees] of Lockheed Martin assembled here that have given us a world-class aircraft ready for the demands of the mission,†Andersen said. “The HC-130J will enable us to meet the expanding operational tasks that we face today — wartime operations in Operation Enduring Freedom and the Horn of Africa, and relief operations in the continental United States as well as in areas like Haiti and Chile. For that, ACC, the Air Force and the nation thank you.â€

    Lockheed Martin is contracted with the U.S. Air Force to build 21 C 130J Super Hercules to replace aging fleets of combat search and rescue HC-130s and special operations MC 130s. The U.S. Air Force is authorized to acquire up to 31 HC/MC 130Js (11 HCs and 20 MCs).

    “Yet again, we see the C-130 setting new standards for mission flexibility,†said Ross Reynolds, Lockheed Martin vice president for C-130 programs. “This new configuration of the proven C-130J will give ACC unparalleled capability for combat search and rescue. As demand for the C-130J continues to grow around the world, we will see more ways this aircraft can meet the demands of any operator and mission.â€

    The new aircraft, which is based on a KC-130J tanker baseline, will have the Enhanced Service Life Wing, Enhanced Cargo Handling System, a Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation (boom refueling receptacle), an electro-optical/infrared sensor, a combat systems operator station on the flight deck, and provisions for the large aircraft infrared countermeasures system. In-line production of this configuration reduces cost and risk, and meets the required 2012 initial operational capability.

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion

  2. Hi guys,

    Thanks for the kind words on Scramble.

    I am one of many (about fifty) editors trying to keep track on what is going on in military and civil aviation.

    For some years now, I am responsible for the USAF and US Army database, which holds some 100,000 records. Our info is generated from many sources (factories, aviation enthusiasts, magazines and the thousands of aviation forums online).

    Also the input from this forum helps us out a lot. A special thanks to Bob to his enormous knowledge of the C-130. He has helped me out several times in the past.

    If you have any comments, updates or suggestions to improve the data in our databases do not hesitate to contact me directly or fill in the 'Send Update'- form with each database.

    Below a review of the 37th AS 86th AW situation, as we have it.

    On 1 April 209, 08-8601 was delivered to Spangdahlem AB, before being officially handed over to Ramstein AB on 7 April 2009. The rest was all flown directly to Ramstein AB.

    08-8601 5609 d/d 01apr09

    08-8602 5611 d/d 03jun09

    08-8603 5613 d/d 14aug09

    08-8604 5612 d/d 30jul09

    08-8605 5615 d/d 17sep09

    08-8606 5614 d/d 13sep09

    08-8607 5616 d/d 11nov09

    07-8608 5622 noted LM dec09

    07-8609 5623 not yet delivered

    06-8610 5620 d/d 23dec09

    06-8611 5619 d/d 20nov09

    06-8612 5621 d/d 23dec09

    07-8613 5624 not yet delivered

    07-8614 5625 not yet delivered

    Tailnumbers of the aircraft not yet delivered need confirmation.

    This situation is a bit different from a couple of months ago when it was thought to be like this:

    08-8608 5619

    08-8609 5620

    08-8610 5621

    06-8611 5622

    06-8612 5623

    06-8613 5624

    06-8614 5625

    I guess LM swapped a couple of airframes to expedite deliveries to Canada.


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