Yokota wel­comes first C-130J Su­per Her­cules

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Team Yokota wel­comed the first of 14 C-130J Su­per Her­cules be­ing as­signed to the 374th Air­lift Wing and Pa­cific Air Forces on March 6, 2017. The new air­craft will even­tu­ally re­place the unit’s ex­ist­ing C-130H fleet, which has been in ser­vice for nearly 30 years. The tran­si­tion is part of an Air Force-wide ef­fort to mod­ernise the en­tire ac­tive duty C-130 fleet. It ef­fec­tively closes a strong chapter in air­lift his­tory, as the H model has been in ac­tive duty ser­vice since 1974. The C-130J in­cor­po­rates sta­teof-the-art tech­nol­ogy to re­duce man­power re­quire­ments, lower op­er­at­ing and sup­port costs, and pro­vide life-cy­cle cost sav­ings over ear­lier C-130 mod­els.

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