A former Puerto Rico Air National Guard Lockheed C-130E Hercules has been delivered to the Ethiopian Air Force, US and Ethiopian sources now confirm. Apparently the delivery was already made in June 2014, but it stayed ‘underneath our radar’ until now.
According to US sources the plane had been in storage with AMARG in Arizona for about a year before delivery took place.
Ehtiopia is in dire need of airlift, with its ongoing operations in war struck Somalia. The Air Force last one of its nine or ten operational Antonov AN-12 (“Cub”) when it crashed at Mogadishu Airport, Somalia, in August 2013. Moreover, one C-130B or L-100 (civilian version) seems to have been lost in an accident.
Before the latest C-130E arrival the Ehtiopian Air Force had two Hercules’s, eight or nine AN-12s and a single AN-26 available for tactical military transport, plus about a dozen Mi-8 (“Hip”) helicopters. The status of up to five Agusta Bell AB 204s is unknown at this point.
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Featured image: A C-130E Hercules from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard in 2007 (Image © Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill / USAF)