Category Archives: Airlift

Dyess AFB largest Super Hercules operator

The 28th C-130J Super Hercules destined for Dyess AFB, Texas, leaves the Lockheed Martin Marietta plant, Georgia (Image © Todd R. McQueen / Lockheed Martin)
The 28th C-130J Super Hercules destined for Dyess AFB, Texas, leaves the Lockheed Martin Marietta plant, Georgia (Image © Todd R. McQueen / Lockheed Martin)

The final Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (aircraft number 5726) designated for the 317th Airlift Group was ferried to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on July 25th, 2013.

With the arrival of this aircraft, Dyess AFB is officially the largest C-130J Super Hercules operator in the world with a fleet of 28 aircraft.

The C-130J Super Hercules worldwide fleet recently surpassed 1 million flight hours; missions flown by Dyess AFB C-130J crews and aircraft contributed to this milestone.

Source: Lockheed Martin

Cameroon AF gets CN235

Cameroon Air Force Airbus CN235 (Image © Airbus Military)
Cameroon Air Force Airbus CN235 (Image © Airbus Military)

The Cameroon Air Force got its first and only new Airbus (CASA) CN235 medium transport aircraft, reports Airbus Military.

The handover makes Cameroon the sixteenth sub-Saharan nation to operate Airbus Military’s family of light and medium aircraft. Altogether 61 countries now operate the Airbus Military light and medium family of airlifters and surveillance aircraft – the C212, CN235 and C295.

The CN235 is can carry a six tonne payload and operates in hot, dusty and humid conditions and on unprepared runways. It has a fair short take-off and landing capability, and its cabin can be reconfigured for a variety of transport missions such as carrying troops, cargo, mixed loads or for medical evacuation.

Source: Airbus Military

Cameroon Air Force (Armée de l’Air du Cameroun) status as of July 2013


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Active number of aircraft: 20

  • 4x Dassault Breguet / Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft
  • 1x Airbus CN235 medium transport aircraft
  • 3x Lockheed C-130H tactical transport aircraft
  • 1x Gulfstream III VIP transport
  • 1x Aérospatiale SA332 Super Puma transport helicopter
  • 1x Aérospatiale SA330 Puma transport helicopter
  • 1x Aérospatiale SA318 Alouette II utlity helicopter
  • 1x Bell 412 utility helicopter
  • 7x Humbert Tetras training aircraft

Airbases: 3
Douala, Garoua, Yaoundé

The number and type of active aircraft are confirmed by several sources. The Cameroon AF might have more aircraft ready, but AIRheads could not obtain reliable information about those aircraft.

Talisman Saber 2013

USMC MV-22B during exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (Image © USMC / Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)
USMC MV-22B during exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (Image © USMC / Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)

A US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey transport aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes off from Samuel Hill Airfield in Australia on July 16th, 2013. The 31st MEU is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response.

Source: USMC

Vejers beach L-zone for Danish Hercules ops

Z-team keeps contact with the pilots of the landing RDAF C-130J Hercules at the beach of Vejers (Image © Flyvevåbnet Flyvertaktisk Kommando)
Z-team keeps contact with the pilots of the landing RDAF C-130J Hercules at the beach of Vejers (Image © Flyvevåbnet Flyvertaktisk Kommando)

A Danish C-130J Hercules performed a couple of landings on the beach of Vejers in Denmark mid-June 2013 as part of the AGOEX joint exercise between ground and air forces, reports the Flyvevåbnet Flyvertaktisk Kommando (Air Tactical Command of the Royal Danish Air Force).

During the two landings the tactical transport moved 160 ground troops onto the beach airhead, which had been prepared for the landings in advance by other ground forces. The so-called Z-team marked the prefered landing spot for the C-130 pilots and kept radio contact with the flightdeck about wind and sight.

According to the Flyvertaktisk Kommando the Danish west coast offers a good environment for training this particular discipline.

Source: Flyvevåbnet Flyvertaktisk Kommando

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