Thu, Oct 16, 2008
Lockheed Martin Says Time Included First Combat Missions Flown
The Italian Air Force has achieved 75,000 flight hours with its
fleet of C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, according to
manufacturer Lockheed Martin. That time included the first combat
missions flown in the C-130J, as well as the delivery of
humanitarian relief supplies.
Italy's 46th Air Brigade put its first C-130J into service in
August 2008 and now operates 22 Super Hercules. With its
operations, Italy has contributed to the development of tactics for
the "J" during the past eight years.
Lockheed Martin's vice president for C-130J Programs, Ross
Reynolds, attended a special ceremony in Pisa, Italy, Wednesday to
celebrate this significant operational milestone of 75,000 flight
hours. At the ceremony, Reynolds praised the 46th Air Brigade for
"Seventy five thousand flight hours is a tremendous
achievement," said Reynolds. "From your unrelenting missions out of
Herat in support of allied troops in Afghanistan, to the Ridare la
luce medical missions in Africa, you are truly the operator by
which all other C-130J operators are measured."
Reynolds presented the 46th with a large scale C-130J model that
will stand in the entrance to the National Training Centre in Pisa,
where C-130J aircrew and maintainers train. Since 2004, the center
has provided more than 800 hours of training and graduates
approximately 150 pilots a year.
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