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Feature: C-130 Hercules beats 2,500

The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules has reached a new milestone. On 11 December 2015 the 2,500th aircraft of the type was delivered: a HC-130J Combat King II to the US Air Force’s 71st Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

With reaching the number the US aircraft manufacturer illustrates once again the important role of the most popular military transport aircraft of modern times. The C-130 easily beats the Antonov AN-26 (1,400 produced), the AN-24 (1,300 – 1,400) and the AN-12 (1,200+ produced), of which only the AN-12 is somewhat similar as a four-engine turboprop tactical airlifter. The Hercules has been flying into many battles, providing troops with necessary provisions and ammunition. But it also brought thousands of tons of food and medical supplies to people in need and rescuing many from disaster zones.

Loadmaster Senior Airman Kevin O’Neil, 71st Rescue Squadron, waits for engine start-up of Herc 13-782 on 11 December 2015 at the Lockheed Martin C-130 Ramp in Marietta, Georgia (Image © Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan / US Air Force)
Loadmaster Senior Airman Kevin O’Neil, 71st Rescue Squadron, waits for engine start-up of Herc 13-782 on 11 December 2015 at the Lockheed Martin C-130 Ramp in Marietta, Georgia (Image © Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan / US Air Force)
Captain Andrew Kim, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, flies the 2,500 Hercules, a HC-130J Combat King II on 11 December 2015 in the skies over southern Georgia. (Image © Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan / US Air Force)
Captain Andrew Kim, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, flies the 2,500 Hercules, a HC-130J Combat King II on 11 December 2015 in the skies over southern Georgia. (Image © Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan / US Air Force)
The 2,500th Hercules, the seventh HC-130J Combat King II of the USAF's 71st Rescue Squadron conducts a low pass before landing on 11 December 2015 at Moody AFB (Image © Senior Airman Ceaira Tinsley / US Air Force)
The 2,500th Hercules, the seventh HC-130J Combat King II of the USAF’s 71st Rescue Squadron conducts a low pass before landing on 11 December 2015 at Moody AFB (Image © Senior Airman Ceaira Tinsley / US Air Force)
The 2,500 Hercules delivered taxis to the parking area of Moody AFB after landing on 11 December 2015 (Image © Senior Airman Ceaira Tinsley / US Air Force)
The 2,500 Hercules delivered taxis to the parking area of Moody AFB after landing on 11 December 2015 (Image © Senior Airman Ceaira Tinsley / US Air Force)

Today at least 68 countries operate the C-130 in its military role, logging more than 22 million flight hours, according to statistics from Lockheed Martin. There are even a few civilian operators like Lynden Air Cargo from the United States and Safair from South Africa. Sixteen nations choose to newest model, the C-130J Super Hercules, for their nation’s air arms. More than 100 different variants of the C-130 have been made.

C-130 First Flight

The characteristic sound of the Herc’s four Allison T56 engines have been with us ever since 23 August 1954, when prototype YC-130 took off from the Lockheed plant in Burbank, California, to land at Edwards Air Force Base roughly an hour later. Since then the C-130 has been developed into not only a tactical airlifter, but flying weather stations, air tanker, airborne gunship, reconnaissance aircraft and (combat) rescue machine.

Adore the Hercules

Let’s give a big applause to the men and women who designed, made, fly, service or just adore the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules … wherever they are with some historic Hercules images (below).

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): Airman 1st Class Jonathan Marquez, 71st Rescue Squadron crew chief, marshals in the HC-130J Combat King II on 11 December 2015 at Moody AFB (Image © Senior Airman Ceaira Tinsley / US Air Force)

Belgian Air Component Lockheed C-130H Hercules of the 20 Smaldeel performing a fly-by of Kleine Brogel Airbase during the 2001 Tiger Meet. (Image © Marcel Burger)
Belgian Air Component Lockheed C-130H Hercules of the 20 Smaldeel performing a fly-by of Kleine Brogel Airbase during the 2001 Tiger Meet. (Image © Marcel Burger)
A pair of American C-130Hs and crew on Eindhoven Airbase, the Netherlands in September 2014 (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A pair of American C-130Hs and crew on Eindhoven Airbase, the Netherlands in September 2014 (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The humidity of the air is clearly visible in this picture, nice special effect on this French Air Force C-130. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The humidity of the air is clearly visible in this picture, nice special effect on this French Air Force C-130. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A view from the top of a Austrian C-130 Hercules.(Image © Elmer van Hest)
A view from the top of a Austrian C-130 Hercules.(Image © Elmer van Hest)
A Bangladesh Air Force C-130E landing at Zia International Airport near Dhaka (Image (CC) Faisal Akra)
A Bangladesh Air Force C-130E landing at Zia International Airport near Dhaka (Image (CC) Faisal Akra)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules in mid-air (Image © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules in mid-air (Image © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)
Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules tactical transport aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Airshow in 2004, Volkel AB. Aircraft G-275 seen here in the original camouflage livery of the early years of its service life with the RNLAF (Image © Marcel Burger)
Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules tactical transport aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Airshow in 2004, Volkel AB. Aircraft G-275 seen here in the original camouflage livery of the early years of its service life with the RNLAF (Image © Marcel Burger)
Lockheed Tp 84 Herkules (C-130H Hercules) of the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) taxiing to the runway while the Swiss Air Force (Schweizer Luftwaffe) PC-7 Team breaks above Linköping-Malmen in 2012. (Image © Marcel Burger)
Lockheed Tp 84 Herkules (C-130H Hercules) of the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) taxiing to the runway while the Swiss Air Force (Schweizer Luftwaffe) PC-7 Team breaks above Linköping-Malmen in 2012. (Image © Marcel Burger)
Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L100-30 landing at Ramstein Airbase, Germany in 2004 (Image © Marcel Burger)
Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L100-30 landing at Ramstein Airbase, Germany in 2004 (Image © Marcel Burger)
British paratroopers leaving a RAF Lockheed Hercules above Ginkel Heath, the Netherlands, during the World War 2 Operation Market Garden Commemorative flight in 2003 (Image © Marcel Burger)
British paratroopers leaving a RAF Lockheed Hercules above Ginkel Heath, the Netherlands, during the World War 2 Operation Market Garden Commemorative flight in 2003 (Image © Marcel Burger)
Lockheed C-130 of the Brazilian Air Force at the 2007 RIAT airshow at RAF Fairford (Image © Marcel Burger)
Lockheed C-130 of the Brazilian Air Force at the 2007 RIAT airshow at RAF Fairford (Image © Marcel Burger)
Two CC-130 Hercules aircraft refuel in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, during Operation Nunalivut 2013 (Image © Corporal Pierre Letourneau / DND-MDN Canada)
Two CC-130 Hercules aircraft refuel in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, during Operation Nunalivut 2013 (Image © Corporal Pierre Letourneau / DND-MDN Canada)
The first ever landing of an Argentine Hercules, a C-130E, on Marambio Base permafrost in the Antarctics on 11 April 1970. Earlier attempts on four other days in that month were aborted due to bad weather. The aircraft with registration TC-61 was from 1 Air Brigade, flying in from Río Gallegos, transporting military personnel and 3,500 kilograms of food plus mail. (Image © Fuerza Aérea Argentina)
The first ever landing of an Argentine Hercules, a C-130E, on Marambio Base permafrost in the Antarctics on 11 April 1970. Earlier attempts on four other days in that month were aborted due to bad weather. The aircraft with registration TC-61 was from 1 Air Brigade, flying in from Río Gallegos, transporting military personnel and 3,500 kilograms of food plus mail. (Image © Fuerza Aérea Argentina)
An Afghan Air Force pilot flies a AAF C-130 Hercules during an "advisory mission" with US Air Force airmen from 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan 10 March 2014, over Kabul (Image © Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson / US Air Force)
An Afghan Air Force pilot flies a AAF C-130 Hercules during an “advisory mission” with US Air Force airmen from 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan 10 March 2014, over Kabul (Image © Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson / US Air Force)
Flightdeck of the Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules. Here a combined US/Canadian crew at work on the runway of Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan (Image © Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez/USAF)
Flightdeck of the Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules. Here a combined US/Canadian crew at work on the runway of Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan (Image © Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez/USAF)
4x6 size An Austrian Air Force Lockheed C-130K Hercules in flight (Image © Österreichische Luftstreitkräfte)
4×6 size An Austrian Air Force Lockheed C-130K Hercules in flight (Image © Österreichische Luftstreitkräfte)
A RoCAF (Taiwanese) C-130H Hercules landing at Chih Hang AFB in 2013 (Image (CC) Xuán Shǐshēng)
A RoCAF (Taiwanese) C-130H Hercules landing at Chih Hang AFB in 2013 (Image (CC) Xuán Shǐshēng)
A CC-130 Hercules takes off into the sunset during Operation Impact on 21 February 2015. (Image © OP Impact, DND)
A CC-130 Hercules takes off into the sunset during Operation Impact on 21 February 2015. (Image © OP Impact, DND)

Australian Props in Red Flag combat

For the first time ever the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) participates in the multi-national, US hosted large-scale combat exercise Red Flag with its Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules and a Lockheed AP-3C Orion.

Having committed its fighter jets before the RAAF is keen on exposing its large propeller plane crews to a modern war scenario. “There are few training environments in the world that recreate the dangers of a modern battlespace like Exercise Red Flag,” RAAF’s Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Turnbull says in an Australian Defence Force’s press release.

Two C-130J Hercules from RAAF Base Richmond (NSW), an AP-3C Orion from RAAF Base Edinburgh (SA) and an Air Battle Management contingent from 41 Wing are participating in the Red Flag 2015-1, alongside combat aircraft from the United States and the United Kingdom. As many of our readers know, base of operations is Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

A F-15C Eagle (background) from the United States Air Force 65th Aggressor Squadron taxies past a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion from No. 10 Squadron (foreground) on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, USA (Image ©  Mr Eamon Hamilton  / Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)
A F-15C Eagle (background) from the United States Air Force 65th Aggressor Squadron taxies past a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion from No. 10 Squadron (foreground) on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, USA (Image © Eamon Hamilton / Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)

“Day-time and night-time missions at Red Flag will require large numbers of aircraft to work together across a variety of roles to defeat threats. The dangers they face range from aggressor F-15 and F-16 fighters and simulated missile shots, through to electronic warfare and cyberspace attacks,” Vice-Marshal Turnbull adds.

While the Hercules’s will train in tactical airlift flying in a war zone, the AP-3C Orion crew will focus on overland surveillance of the combat area. The Nevada desert ranges are even somewhat similar to the current environment the RAAF is facing in real-life over the Middle East fighting ISIS in Iraq. Moreover, the RAAF crews deployed to Nellis bring along experience from Operation Slipper over Afghanistan.

Exercise Red Flag 15-1 continues until 13 February 2015, with 150 RAAF personnel participating.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by Australia, Department of Defence
Featured image (top): A RAAF C-130J Hercules at Nellis during Exercise Red Flag 15-1 (Image © Eamon Hamilton / Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)

Related: ↑ Photo Essay: RAAF wages war against ISIS
AND ↑ Photo Special: RAAF Hornets during Red Flag 14-1

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules from No. 37 Squadron taxies back to its parking position on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, following a mission during Exercise Red Flag 15-1 (Image ©  Mr Eamon Hamilton  / Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules from No. 37 Squadron taxies back to its parking position on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, following a mission during Exercise Red Flag 15-1 (Image © Eamon Hamilton / Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules from No. 37 Squadron conducts an 'initial and pitch' bank over Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, following a mission during Exercise Red Flag 15-1 (Image ©  Mr Eamon Hamilton  / Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules from No. 37 Squadron conducts an ‘initial and pitch’ bank over Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, following a mission during Exercise Red Flag 15-1 (Image © Eamon Hamilton / Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)

US starts United Assistance flights over Ebola

Cargo is loaded onto the ramp of a C-130-J Super Hercules, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany (Image © (U.S. Air Force photo by/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller)
Cargo is loaded onto the ramp of a C-130-J Super Hercules, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany (Image © (U.S. Air Force photo by/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller)

Airmen from the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein airbase, Germany, loaded a Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules with needed supplies and launched their first mission October 7 to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. The aircraft made stops in Spain, Senegal and Liberia, which is one of the most heavily affected areas of the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

With president Barack Obama’s announcements to increase U.S. efforts to respond to the Ebola virus epidemic, the U.S. Africa Command is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development to deliver much needed support.

Part of AFRICOM’s effort is the tactical theater airlift provided by the 86th Airlift Wing, whose Airmen are eager to do their part in the humanitarian effort. “We’re super excited to get down there and help as much as we can,” said Capt. Brian Shea, 37th AS aircraft commander. “The 37th AS is a key component in AFRICOM’s mission to establish an air bridge for the operation. This mission is big for the 86th AW and our squadron.”

Although the 37 AS team only expects to be on the ground in Liberia for a few hours, Shea was confident his team was well educated and prepared to handle any anticipated medical concerns, including receiving all required vaccinations and medical clearance to participate in missions throughout Africa. “We’re not expecting to have any issues going into the theater,” Shea explained. “We’ve been briefed and trained on how to handle any medical concerns if need be.”

While this may be the first flight out of Ramstein to provide cargo support to OUA, the 37th AS is anticipating a consistent airflow requirement to assist with cargo and personnel transfer in and out of areas in need. “I’m proud to be part of a mission like this,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Byrne, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief. “I’m ready to get down there and do some good things.” The U.S. will continue to respond quickly and safely with African and international partners to help end the spread of the Ebola disease as soon as possible.

Source: 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, by Staff Sgt. Sara Keller, USAF

Money issue in USMC/USN expeditionary training

Two Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopters with HSSCSS-25 land on Echo Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, on 24 September 2014 (Image © Cpl. David Walters / USMC)
Two Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopters with HSSCSS-25 land on Echo Field, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, on 24 September 2014 (Image © Cpl. David Walters / USMC)

A tight budget is somewhat hampering US Marines and US Navy expeditionary training in practicing to defend the strategic very important Northern Marianas Island in the Pacific these days. During Exercise Forage Fury III at Guam and Tinian there, the Marines-led forces can train on preparing helicopter landing zones only. Larger airplanes – like the KC-130J Super Hercules planned to be put into action – have to stay at bay, which basically means less fun and probably a bit of a disappointment for many troops.

About 1,300 service men/women and supporting personnel of the US Armed Forces started Forage Fury III on 24 September 2014. Tinian is the satellite island right off the coast of the larger and better-known Saipan – all part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and together with Guam one of the most militarized US areas in the world.

“The exercise has a heavy emphasis on tactical aviation and aviation ground support to further develop expeditionary combat capabilities in the Marianas Island Range Complex,” according to a USMC statement. The exercise main asset is the Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. It’s normal base is MCAS Iwakuni in Japan.

KC-130J
Part of the original plan was to build an austere landing zone for a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft on Echo Runway at Tinian, according Capt. Kevin M. Wheeler, the actions officer for FF III and the aviation ground support detachment officer in charge with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, MAG-12.

“Just like in real life, plans change,” said Wheeler. “The runway repairs were too much to handle within our budget. So, at this point, we had to change it over to helicopter operations.”

A KC-130J Super Hercules takes to the sky at 15 July 2014 from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. This aircraft is flown by Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (Image © Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders / USMC)
A KC-130J Super Hercules takes to the sky at 15 July 2014 from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. This aircraft is flown by Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (Image © Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders / USMC)

Helicopter Squadron
The US Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, is the primary helicopter squadron using the 7,000 by 500 feet runway cleared by Marine Wing Support Squadron 171’s heavy equipment operators.

One of the main missions of MWSS-171, apart from building expeditionary runways, is to protect Marines before, during and after the building process.

Infrastructure
While at the small island of Tinian, the Marines also improve local roads and support other projects to help the community and keep the infrastructure at a good level.

Forager Fury III is scheduled till 6 October 2014.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, incl. source information provided by the USMC

AHF↑Inside: Market Garden Parajump 2014

Airheadsfly.com editor Dennis Spronk joined the preparations of the 2014 Market Garden Parajump at Eindhoven Airbase, the Netherlands, on Saturday 20 September 2014.

A historic Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) and modern-day C-130 Hercules aircraft were taking hundreds of modern day airborne assault troops up for a jump over Ginkel Heath (Ginkelse Heide) near the city of Arnhem, commmemorating the 1944 attempt to capture the strategic bridge over the river Rhine and to liberate the Netherlands from Nazi-Germany.

Ramstein C-130s taxiing at Eindhoven Airbase (Footage © Dennis Spronk)
VIDEO: Ramstein C-130Js taxiing at Eindhoven Airbase (Footage © Dennis Spronk)

The weather was a bit foggy to start with, but conditions improved during the day. Dennis started early in the day feeding us with some quick smartphone camera work (see “the B-roll” at the bottom of this page) he loved to share with you.

Due to the still foggy weather not all aircraft went airborne: a Royal Air Force C-130, a Belgian Air Component C-130 and two German Air Force Transalls let their engines run for a long time without leaving the ground. Later the RAF and BAC Hercs did take-off.

But the US Air Force & Air National Guard plus the Royal Netherlands Air Force did go into the blue yonder for the mass drop over Ginkel Heath in the municipality of Ede – following a first jump by 25 paras from the Skytrain (Dakota) – with 60,000 spectators on the ground at the field. Make sure to read Airheadsfly.com commemorates Market Garden as well.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editors Dennis Spronk and Marcel Burger

Early morning fog is slowly lifting from Eindhoven Airbase, with the platform full of Hercules airlifters (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Early morning fog is slowly lifting from Eindhoven Airbase, with the platform full of Hercules airlifters
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
A C-130H all the way from Kentucky (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A C-130H all the way from Kentucky (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Air and ground crew having fun (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Air and ground crew having fun (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A pair of American C-130Hs and crew (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A pair of American C-130Hs and crew (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Veteran Mario Petruno, 93 years old. Will join the aircrew during the commemorations of Operation Market Garden on 20 September 2014 as co-pilot! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Veteran Mario Petruno, 93 years old. Will join the aircrew during the commemorations of Operation Market Garden on 20 September 2014 as co-pilot! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Veteran Mario Petruno, 93 years old. Will join the aircrew during the commemorations of Operation Market Garden on 20 September 2014 as co-pilot! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Veteran Mario Petruno, 93 years old. Will join the aircrew during the commemorations of Operation Market Garden on 20 September 2014 as co-pilot! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Ready to go? (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Ready to go? (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airborne troops boarding these C-130J-30s from the 37th Airlift Squadron from Ramstein Airbase (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airborne troops boarding these C-130J-30s from the 37th Airlift Squadron from Ramstein Airbase
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
First load of paras getting airborne on board this historic Douglas C-47A Skytrain, which is mainly known under its civilian name DC-3 Dakota (Image © Dennis Spronk)
First load of paras getting airborne on board this historic Douglas C-47A Skytrain, which is mainly known under its civilian name DC-3 Dakota (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Normally based at Savannah IAP, this Georgia Air Guard C-130H Hercules of the 158th Airlift Squadron is making its way to the runway (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Normally based at Savannah IAP, this Georgia Air Guard C-130H Hercules of the 158th Airlift Squadron is making its way to the runway (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Kentucky Air Guard on the move (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Kentucky Air Guard on the move (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Hercules Elephant walk at Eindhoven (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Hercules Elephant walk at Eindhoven (Image © Dennis Spronk)
And airborne (Image © Dennis Spronk)
And airborne (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Smartphone Reel (the B-roll)

(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)

(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)

(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)

(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)

(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)

(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)

Veteran Mario Petruno, 93 years old. Will join the aircrew during the commemorations of Operation Market Garden on 20 September 2014 as co-pilot! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Veteran Mario Petruno, 93 years old. Will join the aircrew during the commemorations of Operation Market Garden on 20 September 2014 as co-pilot! (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Waiting for the fog to clear over the drop zone, some of the troops deployed to Eindhoven kill time with a relax throw-and-catch-rugby game. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Waiting for the fog to clear over the drop zone, some of the troops deployed to Eindhoven kill time with a relax throw-and-catch-rugby game. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

1323 hrs. Airborne troops board the waiting Hercules aircraft (Image © Dennis Spronk)
1323 hrs. Airborne troops board the waiting Hercules aircraft (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H G-273 taxiing to the runway (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H G-273 taxiing to the runway (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Hercules airlifters rolling to the runway at Eindhoven Airbase. Despite still somewhat foggy weather the mission seems to be a go! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
US Air Force RS-coded Hercules airlifters rolling to the runway at Eindhoven Airbase. Despite still somewhat foggy weather the mission seems to be a go! (Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)