The TP 84 (C-130) Hercules fleet of the Swedish Air Force is in high demand these days. Only two of the eight aircraft are available for transport tasks at home.
Two aircraft are involved in emergency response aid for the typhoon stricken Philippines. On Monday 11 November 2013 one of the TP 84s (reg. nr. 845) took off from Örebro airport for a four day ferry flight to the Asian island nation. On Tuesday 12 November a second TP 84 head the same way. The aircrafts’s load include two communcication centres for the UN aid ops.
The flight of the two Hercules towards the Philippines takes such a long time, since they are heavily loaded but cannot be refueled in flight. One of the two aircraft remains in the Philippines to airlift aid and rescue workers from Cebu to the areas which got hit most severe by the natural disaster, including the city of Tacloban. The other aircraft will return home.
The Swedish involvement in the aid operations in the Philippines will be enlarged further, after a Flygvapnet Saab TP 100 took off from Såtenäs on Thursday 14 November 2013 to pick up personnel to lead flight operations, pilots, aviation mechanics, load masters, navigators, plane engine mechanists, dispatchers at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.
At the same time the Flygvapnet holds a third Hercules ready to be send to Cyprus on short notice to support the UN operations to dismantle Syrian chemical weapons. This TP 84 does fly training sorties in Sweden at the moment, like a fourth sister aircraft.
A fifth Hercules is tasked with inflight refueling for home based Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighters. Two Swedish Air Force Hercs undergo heavy maintenance in the United Kingdom. Back at home Swedish personnel change the engine on the eighth and final TP 84, which should be available soon again for duty.
All Swedish Hercules aircraft fly with F7 Wing based at Såtenäs on the banks of the big lake Vänern in the south of the country.