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The HC-130P/N is an extended-range, combat search and rescue version of the C-130 Hercules transport.

HC-130P Combat King: A HC-130P refuels an HH-60 Pave Hawk June 27 while being filmed by a video production team for the Air Force recruiting campaign, "Do Something Amazing." The aircraft and crew are assigned to the 23rd Rescue Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Reed)HC-130P Combat King: A HC-130P refuels an HH-60 Pave Hawk June 27 while being filmed by a video production team for the Air Force recruiting campaign, "Do Something Amazing." The aircraft and crew are assigned to the 23rd Rescue Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Reed)

Its mission is to extend the range of combat search and rescue helicopters by providing air refueling in hostile or contested airspace if required.

Secondary mission capabilities include performing tactical delivery via airdrop or airland of pararescue specialist teams, small bundles, zodiac watercraft, or four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles; and providing direct assistance to a survivor in advance of the arrival of a recovery vehicle.

Other capabilities are extended visual and electronic searches over land or water, tactical approaches and unimproved airfield operations at day or night, using night vision goggles. A team of three pararescue specialists, trained in emergency trauma medicine, harsh environment survival and assisted evasion techniques, is part of the basic mission crew complement.

HC-130P Combat King side: An HC-130P King from the 71st Rescue Recovery Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., makes a low-level pass after releasing pararescue members form the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces out of Fort Bragg, N.C. The HC-130P King deploys worldwide to provide combat search and rescue coverage for U.S. and allied forces. Combat search and rescue missions include flying low-level, preferably at night aided with night vision goggles, to an objective area where aerial refueling of a rescue helicopter is performed or pararescuemen are deployed. The secondary mission of the HC-130P is peacetime search and rescue. HC-130P aircraft and crews are uniquely trained and equipped for search and res
cue in all types of terrain including artic, mountain, and maritime. Peacetime search and rescue missions may include searching for downed or missing aircraft, sinking or missing water vessels, or missing persons. The HC-130P can deploy parascuemen to a survivor, escort helicopter to a survivor, or airdrop survival equipment to a survivor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Steven M. Turner)HC-130P Combat King side: An HC-130P King from the 71st Rescue Recovery Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., makes a low-level pass after releasing pararescue members form the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces out of Fort Bragg, N.C. The HC-130P King deploys worldwide to provide combat search and rescue coverage for U.S. and allied forces. Combat search and rescue missions include flying low-level, preferably at night aided with night vision goggles, to an objective area where aerial refueling of a rescue helicopter is performed or pararescuemen are deployed. The secondary mission of the HC-130P is peacetime search and rescue. HC-130P aircraft and crews are uniquely trained and equipped for search and res

cue in all types of terrain including artic, mountain, and maritime. Peacetime search and rescue missions may include searching for downed or missing aircraft, sinking or missing water vessels, or missing persons. The HC-130P can deploy parascuemen to a survivor, escort helicopter to a survivor, or airdrop survival equipment to a survivor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Steven M. Turner)

Features

Combat Air Forces HC-130 aircraft are undergoing extensive modifications. Ongoing modifications include night vision goggle-compatible interior and exterior lighting, a personnel locator system compatible with aircrew survival radios, forward-looking infrared systems and advanced integrated radios.

The HC-130 can fly in the day against a reduced threat; however, crews normally fly night, low-level, air refueling and airdrop operations using night vision goggles. It can fly low-level NVG tactical flight profiles to avoid detection. To enhance the probability of mission success and survivability near populated areas, crews employ tactics that include incorporating no external lighting or communications, and avoiding radar and weapons detection.

Background

The HC-130P/N is the only dedicated fixed-wing combat search and rescue platform in the Air Force inventory. The 71st and 79th Rescue Squadrons in Air Combat Command, the 102nd RQS and 210th RQS in the Air National Guard, and the 39th RQS in the Air Force Reserve Command operate the aircraft.

First flown in 1964, the aircraft has served many roles and missions. It was initially modified to conduct search and rescue missions, provide a command and control platform, in-flight-refuel helicopters and carry supplemental fuel for extending range or air refueling.

HC-130P Combat King: The HC-130P/N is an extended-range, combat search and rescue (CSAR) version of the C-130 Hercules transport. Its mission is to conduct day or night operations to effect the recovery of downed aircrew or other isolated personnel from hostile or denied environments during war. (U.S. Air Force photo)HC-130P Combat King: The HC-130P/N is an extended-range, combat search and rescue (CSAR) version of the C-130 Hercules transport. Its mission is to conduct day or night operations to effect the recovery of downed aircrew or other isolated personnel from hostile or denied environments during war. (U.S. Air Force photo)

In April 2006, the continental U.S. search and rescue mission was transferred back to Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, Virginia. From 2003 to 2006, the mission was under the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Previously, HC-130s were assigned to ACC from 1992 to 2003. They were first assigned to the Air Rescue Service as part of Military Airlift Command. They have been deployed to Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey in support of operations Southern and Northern Watch, Allied Force and Iraqi Freedom. HC-130s also support continuous alert commitments in Alaska, Iceland and Japan, and provide rescue coverage for space shuttle operations in Florida.

HC-130P Combat King: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- A crewmember from the 71st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron performs a post-flight maintenance inspection on an HC-130 Hercules at a forward deployed Operation Iraqi Freedom location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lindsey M. Slocum)HC-130P Combat King: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- A crewmember from the 71st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron performs a post-flight maintenance inspection on an HC-130 Hercules at a forward deployed Operation Iraqi Freedom location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lindsey M. Slocum)

General Characteristics

Primary function: Air refueling for combat search and rescue helicopters

Contractor: Lockheed Aircraft Corp.
Power Plant: Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines
Thrust: 4,910 shaft horsepower each engine
Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (40.4 meters)
Length: 98 feet, 9 inches (30.09 meters)
Height: 38 feet, 6 inches (11.7 meters)
Weight: 83,000 pounds (37,648 kilograms)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)
Fuel Capacity: 73,000 pounds (10,724 gallons)
Payload: 30,000 pounds (13,608 kilograms)
Speed: 289 miles per hour (464 kilometers per hour) at sea level
Range: beyond 4,000 miles (3,478 nautical miles)
Ceiling: 33,000 feet (10,000 meters)
Armament: countermeasures/flares, chaff

Crew: Three officers (pilot, co-pilot, navigator) and seven enlisted (flight engineer, airborne communications specialist, two loadmasters and three pararescuemen)

Unit Cost: $18.4 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars)
Initial operating capability: 1964
Inventory: Active force, 13; ANG, 13; Reserve, 10

Source: USAF

Detailed background:

Source: wikipedia.org

The HC-130 is an extended-range, combat search and rescue version of the C-130 Hercules transport. HC-130H versions are operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and HC-130N and P models are operated by the U.S. Air Force, who use the aircraft to extend the range of combat search and rescue helicopters by providing air refueling.

Development

First flown in 1964, the aircraft has served many roles and missions. It was initially modified to conduct search and rescue missions, provide a command and control platform, in-flight-refuel helicopters and carry supplemental fuel for extending range or air refueling. Some of them had been modified to employ the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system.

The HC-130 can fly in the day against a reduced threat; however, crews normally fly night, low-level, air refueling and airdrop operations using night vision goggles (NVG). It can fly low-level NVG tactical flight profiles to avoid detection. To enhance the probability of mission success and survivability near populated areas, crews employ tactics that include incorporating no external lighting or communications, and avoiding radar and weapons detection.

Secondary mission capabilities include performing tactical airdrops of pararescue specialist teams, small bundles, zodiac watercraft, or four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles; and providing direct assistance to a survivor in advance of the arrival of a recovery vehicle. Other capabilities are extended visual and electronic searches over land or water, tactical airborne radar approaches and unimproved airfield operations. A team of three pararescue specialists (PJ's), trained in emergency trauma medicine, harsh environment survival and assisted evasion techniques, is part of the basic mission crew complement.

HC-130 Hercules: An Alaska Air National Guard HC-130 aircraft like this one from the 211th Rescue Squadron, with pararescuemen aboard from the 212th Rescue Squadron, evacuated an injured British Sailor March 21 from Deadhorse to Anchorage where he received medical treatment. The Sailor, assigned to Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless, was injured during a deadly explosion while the vessel operated in Arctic waters north of Prudhoe Bay. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Paul D. Charron)HC-130 Hercules: An Alaska Air National Guard HC-130 aircraft like this one from the 211th Rescue Squadron, with pararescuemen aboard from the 212th Rescue Squadron, evacuated an injured British Sailor March 21 from Deadhorse to Anchorage where he received medical treatment. The Sailor, assigned to Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless, was injured during a deadly explosion while the vessel operated in Arctic waters north of Prudhoe Bay. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Paul D. Charron)

Combat Air Forces HC-130 aircraft are undergoing extensive modifications. These modifications include night vision goggle-compatible interior and exterior lighting, a personnel locator system compatible with aircrew survival radios, improved digital low-power color radar and forward-looking infrared systems.

Coast Guard operations

The USCG operates 27 HC-130H aircraft from five bases around the U.S., CGAS Sacramento, CGAS Clearwater, CGAS Elizabeth City, CGAS Kodiak and CGAS Barbers Point. The aircraft are used for search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, illegal drug interdiction, marine environmental protection, military readiness, International Ice Patrol missions, as well as cargo and personnel transport. Air Force operations

The HC-130N/P is the only dedicated fixed-wing combat search and rescue platform in the Air Force inventory. The 71st and 79th Rescue Squadrons (RQS) in the US Air Force's Air Combat Command, the 102nd RQS, 129th RQS and 211th RQS in the Air National Guard, and the 39th RQS and 303rd RQS in the Air Force Reserve Command operate the aircraft.

In October 2003, the Continental U.S. (CONUS) search and rescue (SAR) mission was transferred to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) at Hurlburt Field, Florida. HC-130s were assigned to Air Combat Command (ACC) from 1992 to 2003. Previously, they were assigned to the Air Rescue Service as part of Military Airlift Command (MAC).

HC-130P Combat King: Senior Master Sgt. Steve Lacy runs a checklist while flying in a HC-130 aircraft as part of a Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa mission April 14. Sergeant Lacy is deployed to Africa from the 39th Combat Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa is a unit of the U.S. Central Command. The organization's mission is to prevent conflict, promote regional stability and protect coalition interests in order to prevail against extremism. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lee Harshman)HC-130P Combat King: Senior Master Sgt. Steve Lacy runs a checklist while flying in a HC-130 aircraft as part of a Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa mission April 14. Sergeant Lacy is deployed to Africa from the 39th Combat Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa is a unit of the U.S. Central Command. The organization's mission is to prevent conflict, promote regional stability and protect coalition interests in order to prevail against extremism. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lee Harshman)

In October 2006, all USAF CSAR forces were reassigned back to Air Combat Command. The CONUS SAR mission was also transferred back to ACC. However, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) that had been previously located at McClellan AFB, California and Scott AFB, Illinois under MAC and at Langley AFB, Virginia under ACC, was relocated to Tyndall AFB, Florida under the control of 1st Air Force, ACC's numbered air force for the Air National Guard.

While under AFSOC and since returning to ACC, USAF, AFRC and ANG HC-130s have been deployed to Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Djibouti, and Iraq in support of Operations Southern and Northern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. HC-130s also support continuous alert commitments in Alaska, and provide rescue coverage for NASA space shuttle operations in Florida.

Variants

HC-130H

Specialised rescue version of the C-130H, 55 built (43 for the USAF and 12 for the USCG).

HC-130N

As HC-130H with equipment changes, 15 built for the USAF.

HC-130P

HC-130H with changes for flight refuelling of helicopters, refulling pods on underwing pylons, 20 built for the USAF.

More photos:

HC-130 Hercules: Members of the 33rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, in the cockpit of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, assist in the search for targets previously dropped about 80 miles off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The men and aircraft are involved in Operation Cope Angel.HC-130 Hercules: Members of the 33rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, in the cockpit of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, assist in the search for targets previously dropped about 80 miles off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The men and aircraft are involved in Operation Cope Angel.

HC-130 Hercules: An Air Force Reserve HC-130 Hercules aircraft lands at a remote mountain airfield to deliver personnel and supplies during disaster relief Exercise ATX-80.HC-130 Hercules: An Air Force Reserve HC-130 Hercules aircraft lands at a remote mountain airfield to deliver personnel and supplies during disaster relief Exercise ATX-80.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side view of a Coast Guard HC-130H Hercules aircraft.HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side view of a Coast Guard HC-130H Hercules aircraft.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side view of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft maneuvering to refuel two CH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopters. They Hercules is from 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, California Air National Guard. Bi-monthly Aerospace Audio Visual Service Photo Contest, Color Entry, Jul. 1980, "In Line for a Gas Stop".HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side view of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft maneuvering to refuel two CH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopters. They Hercules is from 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, California Air National Guard. Bi-monthly Aerospace Audio Visual Service Photo Contest, Color Entry, Jul. 1980, "In Line for a Gas Stop".

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side view of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft refueling a 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing HH-53 helicopter off the coast of Greenland. The HH-53 is en route from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to Woodbridge, England.HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side view of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft refueling a 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing HH-53 helicopter off the coast of Greenland. The HH-53 is en route from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to Woodbridge, England.

HC-130 Hercules: A view of an in-flight HC-130P Hercules aircraft maneuvering to refuel an HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter.HC-130 Hercules: A view of an in-flight HC-130P Hercules aircraft maneuvering to refuel an HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter.

HC-130 Hercules: A left rear view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling a CH-53C Super Jolly helicopter, in flight over the Pacific Ocean.HC-130 Hercules: A left rear view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling a CH-53C Super Jolly helicopter, in flight over the Pacific Ocean.

HC-130 Hercules: A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft is unloaded during during Exercise BRIM FROST '85. This is the first time the Coast Guard has participated in Exercise BRIM FROST.HC-130 Hercules: A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft is unloaded during during Exercise BRIM FROST '85. This is the first time the Coast Guard has participated in Exercise BRIM FROST.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side view of an HH-53 Pave Low helicopter from the 1st Special Operations Wing (1st SOW), being refueled by an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service.HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side view of an HH-53 Pave Low helicopter from the 1st Special Operations Wing (1st SOW), being refueled by an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service.

HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft refuels an HH-3E helicopter during Condor CRTE '82, a combat rescue exercise aimed at giving reservists battlefield experience.HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft refuels an HH-3E helicopter during Condor CRTE '82, a combat rescue exercise aimed at giving reservists battlefield experience.

HC-130 Hercules: Two Air Force Reserve HC-130 Hercules aircraft participate in Condor CRTE '82, a combat rescue exercise aimed at giving reservists battlefield experience.HC-130 Hercules: Two Air Force Reserve HC-130 Hercules aircraft participate in Condor CRTE '82, a combat rescue exercise aimed at giving reservists battlefield experience.

HC-130 Hercules: A front view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling an HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter in flight. The 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron is participating in pararescue training.HC-130 Hercules: A front view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling an HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter in flight. The 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron is participating in pararescue training.

HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft refuels an HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter from the 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron during pararescue training. The Hercules is visible through the windshield of the Super Jolly being refueled.HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft refuels an HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter from the 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron during pararescue training. The Hercules is visible through the windshield of the Super Jolly being refueled.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air right side view of an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter being refueled by an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, in flight, during a reserve rescue exercise.HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air right side view of an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter being refueled by an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, in flight, during a reserve rescue exercise.

HC-130 Hercules: A left side view of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft refueling an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter, in flight, during a reserve rescue exercise.HC-130 Hercules: A left side view of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft refueling an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter, in flight, during a reserve rescue exercise.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air right side view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling a CH-3 Jolly Green giant helicopter in a demonstration during exercise Sentry Castle '81. Both aircraft are from the New York Air National Guard.HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air right side view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling a CH-3 Jolly Green giant helicopter in a demonstration during exercise Sentry Castle '81. Both aircraft are from the New York Air National Guard.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air right front view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling a CH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter during exercise Sentry Castle '81. Both aircraft are from the New York Air National Guard.HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air right front view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling a CH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter during exercise Sentry Castle '81. Both aircraft are from the New York Air National Guard.

HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft conducts an in-flight refueling of an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter during Exercise PATRIOT COYOTE.HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft conducts an in-flight refueling of an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter during Exercise PATRIOT COYOTE.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side silhouette view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling two HH-53B Super Jolly helicopters. (SUBSTANDARD)HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left side silhouette view of an HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling two HH-53B Super Jolly helicopters. (SUBSTANDARD)

HC-130 Hercules: A ground guide signals to the pilot of a taxiing Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft during the joint readiness exercise Arctic Warrior '91.HC-130 Hercules: A ground guide signals to the pilot of a taxiing Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft during the joint readiness exercise Arctic Warrior '91.

HC-130 Hercules: A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft taxis off the runway after landing with troops from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, during the joint readiness exercise Arctic Warrior '91.HC-130 Hercules: A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft taxis off the runway after landing with troops from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, during the joint readiness exercise Arctic Warrior '91.

HC-130 Hercules: Soldiers of the 6th Infantry Division (Light) from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, disembark from a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft upon their arrival for the joint readiness exercise Arctic Warrior '91.HC-130 Hercules: Soldiers of the 6th Infantry Division (Light) from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, disembark from a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft upon their arrival for the joint readiness exercise Arctic Warrior '91.

HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130P Hercules aircraft stands in the background with engines running as members of a recovery team walk along the flight line following their arrival at Gambela South Airport. The airport is the center of operations for forces that have arrived to recover the bodies of Texas Rep. George T. (Mickey) Leland and members of his delegation. A search was initiated after the plane transporting Leland and 15 other people was reported missing en route to a refugee camp near the Sudanese border. The efforts resulted in discovery of the downed aircraft on a remote mountainside.HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130P Hercules aircraft stands in the background with engines running as members of a recovery team walk along the flight line following their arrival at Gambela South Airport. The airport is the center of operations for forces that have arrived to recover the bodies of Texas Rep. George T. (Mickey) Leland and members of his delegation. A search was initiated after the plane transporting Leland and 15 other people was reported missing en route to a refugee camp near the Sudanese border. The efforts resulted in discovery of the downed aircraft on a remote mountainside.

HC-130 Hercules: An aerial view of a hangar area and runway on the base, with several HC-130N Hercules aircraft of a Military Airlift Command (MAC) special operations squadron parked on the apron.HC-130 Hercules: An aerial view of a hangar area and runway on the base, with several HC-130N Hercules aircraft of a Military Airlift Command (MAC) special operations squadron parked on the apron.

HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130P Hercules aircraft of the 33rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron conducts a refueling mission near Kadena Air Base.HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130P Hercules aircraft of the 33rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron conducts a refueling mission near Kadena Air Base.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air top left view of two 20th Special Operations Squadron HH-53 Super Jolly helicopters refueling from a 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron HC-130 Hercules aircraft.HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air top left view of two 20th Special Operations Squadron HH-53 Super Jolly helicopters refueling from a 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron HC-130 Hercules aircraft.

HC-130 Hercules: Air to air view from refueling KC-135 tanker of an Air Mobility Command's HC-130 Hercules being refueled. Exact Date Shot UnknownHC-130 Hercules: Air to air view from refueling KC-135 tanker of an Air Mobility Command's HC-130 Hercules being refueled. Exact Date Shot Unknown

HC-130 Hercules: Air to air view from refueling KC-135 tanker of an Air Mobility Command's HC-130 Hercules being refueled. Exact Date Shot UnknownHC-130 Hercules: Air to air view from refueling KC-135 tanker of an Air Mobility Command's HC-130 Hercules being refueled. Exact Date Shot Unknown

HC-130 Hercules: Pallets of equipment are unloaded from an HC-130 Hercules aircraft parked on the flight line during Exercise COMBAT CHALLENGE '86.HC-130 Hercules: Pallets of equipment are unloaded from an HC-130 Hercules aircraft parked on the flight line during Exercise COMBAT CHALLENGE '86.

HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft conducts an in-flight refueling of an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter during Exercise PATRIOT COYOTE.HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft conducts an in-flight refueling of an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter during Exercise PATRIOT COYOTE.

HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air view of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft in flight during exercise Patriot Coyote.HC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air view of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft in flight during exercise Patriot Coyote.

HC-130 Hercules: Airborne troops jump from a HC-130H Hercules aircraft as part of a demonstration during an air show.HC-130 Hercules: Airborne troops jump from a HC-130H Hercules aircraft as part of a demonstration during an air show.

HC-130 Hercules: Airborne troops jump from a U.S. Air Force HC-130 Hercules aircraft as part of a combined air drop, called a friendship jump, during the joint Thai-U.S. training exercise Cobra Gold '92.HC-130 Hercules: Airborne troops jump from a U.S. Air Force HC-130 Hercules aircraft as part of a combined air drop, called a friendship jump, during the joint Thai-U.S. training exercise Cobra Gold '92.

HC-130 Hercules: Straight on long shot directly overhead as a Pararescueman from the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, Georgia , exits from HC-130 rescue aircraft to attempt to locate a simulated F-16 crash site and wounded pilot (Crash site and pilot not shown). Desert Rescue, is a premiere joint rescue exercise that facilitates improved search and rescue techniques for over 140 participants.HC-130 Hercules: Straight on long shot directly overhead as a Pararescueman from the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, Georgia , exits from HC-130 rescue aircraft to attempt to locate a simulated F-16 crash site and wounded pilot (Crash site and pilot not shown). Desert Rescue, is a premiere joint rescue exercise that facilitates improved search and rescue techniques for over 140 participants.

HC-130 Hercules: Moody AFB HC-130 Hercules put flexibility in rescue operations. They can be the primary aircraft on a rescue mission, or with refueling pods extended from wingtips, simultaneously gas two helicopters. This photo is part of the "Rescuers" story in the July 1999, Airman Magazine. The article describes the 41st and 71st Rescue Squadrons from Moody AFB participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH.HC-130 Hercules: Moody AFB HC-130 Hercules put flexibility in rescue operations. They can be the primary aircraft on a rescue mission, or with refueling pods extended from wingtips, simultaneously gas two helicopters. This photo is part of the "Rescuers" story in the July 1999, Airman Magazine. The article describes the 41st and 71st Rescue Squadrons from Moody AFB participating in OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH.

HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130N Hercules from the 210th Rescue Squadron, Anchorage, Alaska, flies over the rugged, snow-covered, Alaskan terrain.HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130N Hercules from the 210th Rescue Squadron, Anchorage, Alaska, flies over the rugged, snow-covered, Alaskan terrain.

HC-130 Hercules: Loadmaster, Senior Airman Eric Draper, 71st Rescue Squadron, prepares to launch his HC-130P for a twilight mission.HC-130 Hercules: Loadmaster, Senior Airman Eric Draper, 71st Rescue Squadron, prepares to launch his HC-130P for a twilight mission.

HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuels from an Alaska Air National Guard KC-135R stratotanker from the 168th Air Refueling Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during Exercise COBRA GOLD '96.HC-130 Hercules: An HC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuels from an Alaska Air National Guard KC-135R stratotanker from the 168th Air Refueling Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during Exercise COBRA GOLD '96.

HC-130 Hercules: Two US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462), conduct aerial refueling with a USMC HC-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2002.HC-130 Hercules: Two US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462), conduct aerial refueling with a USMC HC-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2002.

HC-130 Hercules: Participating in EXERCISE DESERT RESCUE IX, 1st Combat Camera videographer Staff Sergeant H. Chris Scrivener documents a HH-60G helicopter assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, is aerial refueled by a 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base based HC-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Desert Rescue IX is the premiere search and rescue (SAR) training exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine personnel. It is conducted at the ranges of Fallon Naval Air Station, Nevada.HC-130 Hercules: Participating in EXERCISE DESERT RESCUE IX, 1st Combat Camera videographer Staff Sergeant H. Chris Scrivener documents a HH-60G helicopter assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, is aerial refueled by a 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base based HC-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Desert Rescue IX is the premiere search and rescue (SAR) training exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine personnel. It is conducted at the ranges of Fallon Naval Air Station, Nevada.

HC-130 Hercules: In participation with EXERCISE DESERT RESCUE IX, AirForce personnel with the 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, Georgia, perform Static jumps from the HC-130 near the B-16 range at Fallon Naval AirStation, Nevada. Desert Rescue IX is the premiere search and rescue (SAR) training exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine personnel. It is conducted at the ranges of Fallon Naval Air Station, Nevada.HC-130 Hercules: In participation with EXERCISE DESERT RESCUE IX, AirForce personnel with the 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, Georgia, perform Static jumps from the HC-130 near the B-16 range at Fallon Naval AirStation, Nevada. Desert Rescue IX is the premiere search and rescue (SAR) training exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine personnel. It is conducted at the ranges of Fallon Naval Air Station, Nevada.

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