The Pentagon disclosed on December 30 that it will be ordering 78 more C-130J Super Hercules airlifters under a new multiyear contract. That’s good news for the joint force, which relies on an aging fleet of C-130s for everything from resupply of remote bases to aerial refueling to combat rescue to close air support. However, the announcement also has potential historical significance: if the planes ordered under the new contract fly for anywhere near as long as the planes they are replacing, then the C-130 will become the first military aircraft in history to be in continuous service for over a century. I have written a commentary for Forbes explaining why this rugged, versatile aircraft is likely to stay in the joint force’s active inventory longer than any other. You can read the commentary here.
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