On March 19, a U.S. Air Force crew took delivery of and ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft that is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command’s 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
On March 24, a U.S. Air Force crew ferried an HC-130J Combat King II personnel recovery aircraft (photo) assigned to Air Combat Command’s (ACC) 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. That aircraft was officially delivered to the U.S. Government on March 20
Also on March 19, an HC-130J long-range search and rescue aircraft for the U.S. Coast Guard was delivered and ferried to Lockheed Martin’s Greenville, South Carolina, site for post-production modifications, including paint and finishes. This aircraft will be re-delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2016.
The C-130J is the most flexible airlifter in the world. It is a proven, highly reliable and affordable airlifter that has already been selected by 15 nations. This venerable workhorse meets the growing worldwide need for airlift and continues to evolve to meet new operational requirements.
The C-130J incorporates state-of-the-art technology, which reduces manpower requirements, lowers operating and support costs, and provides life-cycle cost savings over earlier C-130 models. Compared to older C-130s, the J model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance.
The C-130J also meets the need to support a wide range of missions with the same platform. No other aircraft can meet the demand for this growing requirement.
Photo by Andrew McMurtrie