A Swedish TP 84 Hercules was flown from Såtenäs airbase in central Sweden to Cambridge airport in the UK on Monday 9 June, presumably for storage after an amazing 49 years of service with F7 wing at Såtenäs.
The Hercules with serial 84001 entered service in Sweden in 1965, being the first of eight aircraft ordered by the Scandinavian country. Over the years, the Hercules – designation TP 84 in Sweden – was the backbone of Swedish military air transport. One aircraft was converted into a tanker aircraft, supplying air-to-air refuelling for Swedish Saab Gripen fighters.
Sweden is a co-user of the three Boeing C-17A Globemaster transporters that since 2009 serve the European Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) at Papa airbase in Hungary. This allowed for two Hercules aircraft being put aside in 2014. Hercules 84001 is thought to be the first aircraft to be phased out.
© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Elmer van Hest