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DECEMBER 2015

Historic Herc: Lockheed Martin Delivers 2,500th C-130

Lockheed Martin delivered the 2,500th C-130 Hercules on Dec. 11, 2015. This landmark Hercules is an HC-130J Combat King II personnel recovery aircraft assigned to the U.S. Air Force’s 71st Rescue Squadron, which is part of the 347th Rescue Group. A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the HC-130J to its new home at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. 

“This milestone delivery is a source of pride for our team and the global C-130 community,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, C-130 Programs at Lockheed Martin. “The Hercules is a global asset and versatile workhorse that is truly without equal. This delivery represents the C-130’s strength in numbers and its ongoing relevancy to operators around the world.”

Moody's Airmen and the rescue community echoed the feelings of having such an integral piece of Hercules history.

"This is such a historic flight because it's the 2,500th Hercules aircraft and Moody gets to be a part of marking Air Force history," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Kim, 71st RQS pilot who flew the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin site in Marietta, Georgia., to Moody AFB. "The C-130 is a part of a long legacy of really great aircraft that have contributed to some huge feats for the Air Force as a whole and the entire rescue community. It feels really good to be a part of it and to be able to bring the plane and some history back to its new home at Moody's 71st."


The U.S. Air Force has the distinction of accepting the first delivery of Hercules aircraft on Dec. 9, 1956. The U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest Hercules operator, which includes legacy C-130 and C-130J Super Hercules fleets.

C-130s today are operated from 68 nations and the global fleet has collectively logged more than 22 million flight hours. The current production model is the C-130J Super Hercules, the airlifter of choice for 16 nations and 19 different operators. The Super Hercules worldwide fleet has more than 1.3 million flight hours to its credit. Read more about this historic delivery
here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan)
C-130J Multiyear Contract Announced

Lockheed Martin will deliver 78 C-130J Super Hercules to the U.S. government through a C-130J Multiyear II contract, which was announced by the U.S. government on Dec. 30, 2015. On Dec. 30, the Department of Defense announced the award of more than $1 billion in funding for the first 32 aircraft of the Multiyear contract. The overall contract, worth $5.3 billion, provides Super Hercules aircraft to the U.S. Air Force (30 MC-130Js, 13 HC-130Js and 29 C-130J-30s) and the U.S. Marine Corps (six KC-130Js). Also through this contract, the U.S. Coast Guard has the option to acquire five HC-130Js. Aircraft purchased through the multiyear contract will deliver between 2016 and 2020. Read m ore about this contract here. (Photo by John Rossino)

December Super Herc Deliveries

In addition to the 2,500th C-130, Lockheed Martin delivered four additional C-130Js to the U.S. Air Force in December. Deliveries included two HC-130Js assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; an MC-130J assigned to Hurlburt Field, Florida; and a C-130J-30 assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. Read more about these deliveries here and here. (Photo of Little Rock AFB C-130J by Andrew McMurtrie)

RAF Announces HIOS Contract

A £369 million contract to support the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft has been awarded to three companies by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The deal will see Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce, who jointly deliver the Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS), provide continued support for the C-130J fleet until 2022.
The three companies have been working together on the HIOS programme since 2006 and more than a thousand jobs will be sustained by this additional investment. Most of the work will be undertaken by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group at its Cambridge site with additional work on the AE 2100 engines carried out by Rolls-Royce in Bristol, Brize Norton and Indianapolis, U.S. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the C-130J Super Hercules, manages the HIOS supply chain with a UK team based in Havant, Hampshire, providing subcontract support for supply, IT and field technical support services. Read more about this partnership here. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Air Force)

U.S., Japan, Australia Support Special Delivery

 

During the 2015 holiday season, C-130 Hercules aircrews and support personnel from Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, began spreading cheer and joy while practicing critical humanitarian aid/disaster relief (HA/DR) training by delivering donated goods via C-130 to more than 56 of the Pacific's most remote and populated islands.

The 2015 Operation Christmas Drop officially kicked off Dec. 8 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, with a celebratory "push ceremony." Military members from the 374th AW, 36th Wing and 734th Air Mobility Squadron there, 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and international partners from JASDF and RAAF gathered for the opening ceremony celebrating the first ever trilateral execution of Operation Christmas Drop.

Ongoing since 1952, Christmas Drop is the Defense Department’s longest running humanitarian airlift mission and impacts more than 20,000 islanders annually. C-130 aircrews delivered nearly 40,000 pounds of supplies by executing more than 20 low-cost, low-altitude airdrop (LCLA) training missions to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau.

"Members of our community consider all Micronesians brothers and sisters and we are happy to share this unique tradition in bridging the distance; that's the beauty of this operation, its impact goes beyond the coastline of Guam," said Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, the 36th WG commander.
Read more about this outstanding effort here.

In photo,
Australian Army Cpl. Teome Matamua and Sgt. Phillip McIllvaney, 176th Air Dispatch Squadron loadmasters, deliver the first low-cost, low-altitude bundle of Operation Christmas Drop 2015 to the island of Mogmog, Dec. 8, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katrina Brisbin)

VIP Visitor at Little Rock

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks with instructors at the 314th Airlift Wing’s C-130 Center of Excellence Dec. 15, 2015, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. During her daylong visit, James met with Team Little Rock Airmen to discuss the importance of the Air Mobility Command’s mission and C-130 combat airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Harry Brexel)
Hercs Support Milestone UK Military Parachute Drop

The largest military parachute drop in the UK in more than decade has demonstrated the airborne capability jointly provided by 16 Air Assault Brigade and the Royal Air Force (RAF). Some 200 Regular and Reserve soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade jumped from four RAF C-130J Hercules transport aircraft onto Salisbury Plain on Dec. 8 The jump was mounted from RAF Brize Norton, with the soldiers jumping from 800 foot onto the Imber drop zone in overhead assault mode, carrying light equipment so that they would be ready to start operations when they hit the ground. Read more about this outstanding effort here. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Air Force)

Santa Tests a C-130 as Reindeer Replacement

Santa Claus greets U.S. Air Force family members as he taxis down the flightline to Hangar 5 at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, on Dec. 5, 2015. Claus took time to shake hands and take pictures with family members waiting for him to arrive via a C-130 Hercules. Find out more about this festive flight here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Miles Wilson)

HOC Presentations Ready for Review

Presentations from the 2015 Hercules Operators Council (HOC) have been uploaded to the event's official website for attendees to view. The PDF files have been encrypted with a password. Attendees can email hercules.support@lmco.com to confirm your participation at the event and you will receive the password. Presentations can be found here. This password is only being distributed to attendees of the 2015 HOC. Thank you for helping to make the 2015 HOC a success and we look forward to seeing you next year! If you have any additional questions, please call +1 770-494-9131. 
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