Air National Guard Releases C-130J Operational Data

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Airmen unload a C-130J Hercules after its arrival at a forward-deployed location here June 7 supporting operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. The aircraft is from the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Randy Mallard) Completing the initial 20- month deployment to southwest Asia Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) C-130Js operated by the 143rd Airlift Wing, Rhode Island Air National Guard, the Maryland 135th Airlift Group based in Baltimore, Md. and the California 146th Airlift Wing based in Channel Islands, Calif. The four C-130Js aircraft conducted 5,444 sorties over 10,750 flight hours, delivered 12,681 tons of cargo and carried 70,350 passengers operating under demanding desert conditions.

"We now have hard data upon which we can evaluate the performance of the C-130J" said Colonel Larry Gallogly, Commander 143rd Airlift Wing. "This real world experience of our crews shows us what the aircraft is capable of and its future potential as we all become more adept at employing this outstanding new weapon system." He added. C-130Js are now being operated at a high tempo around the world in both combat and relief support operations with the worldwide fleet exceeding 340,000 flight hours. The United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia and Denmark are all experiencing first hand, the high reliability and increased range, speed and payload capabilities of the C-130J.

C-130J in flight (Photo: Lockheed Martin)



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