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C-130J global fleet hits mammoth flight hour milestone

16th October 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The global C-130J Super Hercules fleet has achieved a combined two million flight hours, Lockheed Martin announced on 15 October.

The hours have been logged since the aircraft’s first flight in April 1996, by 22 operators from 18 nations.

C-130J missions around the world include combat, transport, aerial refuelling, special operations, medevac, humanitarian relief, search and rescue, weather reconnaissance, firefighting and freight delivery.

Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of the Air Mobility & Maritime Missions line of business, Lockheed Martin, said: ‘The C-130J has earned a reputation as the world's workhorse and this most recent achievement is a powerful reminder of the Super Hercules' unmatched global reach.

‘Crews continue to exemplify the C-130J's proven capability and versatility with every mission they fly. The Lockheed Martin team is proud of the work of the Super Herc crews who rely on the C-130J to support vital missions, both home and abroad.’

Countries with military variant C-130Js contributing to these flight hours include the UK, the US, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Canada, India, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Tunisia, Israel, Kuwait, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, France and Bahrain.

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