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    C-130 Hercules Goes On A Trip To The Beach

    C-130J Hercules Lands on Beach We’ve seen and posted some pretty amazing feats of airlifters.  As amazing as the C-17 or C-5 jets are, there is something really special about the Herc.  With its four fans of freedom that allow it to takeoff and land in very short distances (even an aircraft carrier!), and its […]

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    Air Force testing drag reduction to improve fuel economy

    Program is focusing on C-17 and other heavy movers in the fleet that account for the largest percentage of fuel consumption. The old saying was “an Army travels on its stomach.” The meaning, from back when soldiers traveled by foot, was that an armed force needs food. The United States Air Force travels on its […]

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    A Photo Essay Lookback at Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis AFB

    The USAF held a pair of Red Flag exercises at Nellis AFB back to back early in 2016. Rob Edgcumbe attended the first of these two exercises, Red Flag 16-1. The USAF has recently settled in to a new pattern of Red Flags with four exercises a year. Two are held early in the year […]

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    Score! World’s Longest Touchdown Catch

    If you score after this play, we’ll let you dab. Devin Super Tramp‘a video for the big game didn’t disappoint.  The ‘play’ started out inside the cargo compartment of an L100 (civilian C-130).  The football was passed out the back of the plane, the play started.  While descending at over 160 mph, the football changed hands. […]

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    They Strapped Parachutes On These Street Racers And Dropped Them Out Of a C-130

    By now you’ve probably seen Fast and Furious 7.  The movie features two street racing vehicles dropped out of the C-130 Hercules.  Dropping vehicles safely is no simple task.  From the looks of the video, it required custom rigging on the vehicle and additional metal support structure around the vehicles to ensure that the cars maintained […]

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    You Won’t Believe What This Transport Plane Can Do…

    While it’s not unusual to see a Boeing C-17 or Lockheed Martin C-130J fly demanding profiles at air shows, you won’t see either plane be this aggressive.  The Airbus A-400M is Europe’s first modern entry into the military transport category.  The plane is larger than a C-130 but smaller than a C-17.  While the program […]

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    High, Hot and Dirty Landings

    Fort Carson, CO; Red Devil Landing Zone (LZ) Red Devil Landing Zone is the highest altitude tactical dirt landing zone in the United States available for military training.  As a part of the First Carson Range, the 302d Airlift Wing has by agreement used the landing zone for unique training sorties for the past few […]