Polish Air Force C-130E with serial 1502 during grass strip take-off and landings on 4 April 2014 (Image © Capt. Włodzimierz Baran / Dowódca Generalny Rodzajów Sił Zbrojnych)

Need a lawn mower? Here’s your Hercules

Polish Air Force C-130E with serial 1502 during grass strip take-off and landings on 4 April 2014 (Image © Capt. Włodzimierz Baran / Dowódca Generalny Rodzajów Sił Zbrojnych)
Polish Air Force C-130E with serial 1502 during grass strip take-off and landings on 4 April 2014
(Image © Capt. Włodzimierz Baran / Dowódca Generalny Rodzajów Sił Zbrojnych)

Having fun while being an aviator or spectator is always important. It becomes even better when your boss and you think alike. So why not turn a big four-engine C-130E Hercules into a perfect machine to cut the last edges of your wonderful grass air strip? It happened in Poland.

Piloted by Lt. Col. Krzysztof Szymaniec and co-pilot Major Artur Fijołek, took the Polish Air Force C-130E number 1502 for a nice ‘ride’ to the countryside on 4 April 2014, with navigator Lt. Łukasz Maj making sure they got where they needed to go, flight engineer Ensign Andrzej Kozera keeping an eye on the aircraft systems and load master Warrant Officer Marek Pluciński joining the club as well.

The take-off and landings of the 33. Bazy Lotnictwa Transportowego (33rd Base Air Transport) Herc crew on the grass strip nearby their home of Powidzu were the accumulation of experiences acquired during the crew’s flight and aircraft handling training in the United States. Check out more images made by Capt. Włodzimierz Baran of the Polish armed forces here.

The Polish Air Force (Wojska Lotnicze i Obrony Powietrznej) received five C-130Es from the US.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger based on source information provided by the DGRSLZ (Polish General Command of the Armed Forces)

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