Lockheed delivers 250th C-130J

Feb. 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

MARIETTA, Ga., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin reports its facility in Marietta, Ga., has built its 250th C-130J Hercules and delivered the aircraft to the U.S. Air Force.

The aircraft was delivered to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, which next year will have the largest C-30 fleet in the world.

"The C-130J is the most versatile airlifter in the world," said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin, vice president for C-130 programs. "Since the J-model was first introduced, it has been the workhorse of airlift worldwide.

"This milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the C-130 enterprise."

The C-130 was introduced into service in 1957. Since then, Lockheed Martin has produced thousands of the aircraft. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command last month took possession of the 2,400th C-130 produced.

The aircraft delivered to Dyess was the 15th received by the 317th, which will eventually has 28 of the airlifters.

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