The first KC-130J Super Hercules tanker for the USMC Reserve leaves Marietta, Georgia (Image © Damien Guarnieri / Lockheed Martin)

First KC-130J for Marines Reserve

The first KC-130J Super Hercules tanker for the USMC Reserve leaves Marietta, Georgia (Image © Damien Guarnieri / Lockheed Martin)
The first KC-130J Super Hercules tanker for the USMC Reserve leaves Marietta, Georgia (Image © Damien Guarnieri / Lockheed Martin)

The US Marine Corps Reserve received its first Lockheed Martin KC-130J Super Hercules on 17 March 2014. The tanker aircraft flew directly from the factory plant in Marietta, Georgia, to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234) at NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. The base also happens to be the home of Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics headquarters location in Fort Worth.

The US Marine Corps operates KC-130s since the 1960s. The aircraft use a probe-and-drogue system, which works simpler than the boom type of refueling of most US Air Force aircraft. Most reserve units still fly the KC-130T, of which at least 27 are still operational. Within the regular USMC squadrons the KC-130J has replace the KC-130F/R. The USMC ordered 47 of those new machines.

Marines KC-130Js flew the first combat missions when six aircraft of VMGR-252 relocated to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq in February 2005 during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Source: Lockheed Martin / USMC

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