MARIETTA, Ga., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin delivered the sixth of 28 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to crews of the 317th Airlift Group Dyess U.S. Air Force Base in Texas.
"The latest C-130J delivery represents another key step in continuing efforts to modernize our inventory to provide the best tactical airlift to commanders across the globe," said Lt. Gen. Robert Allardice, 18th Air Force commander. "Whether supporting contingencies, saving lives through rapid aeromedical evacuation, delivering hope through worldwide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief response or a multitude of other roles, the Super Herc provides our airmen with a new tool to accomplish their world-class mission done better than ever."
The Air Force said that when the final C-130J is delivered, the base will have largest C-130J fleet in the Air Force.
Dyess officials first accepted their C-130 A and D models in 1961 and currently fly the H and J models.
The J model continues to be the global leader in tactical airlift and one of the most versatile aircraft in the U.S. inventory with a multitude of various missions.