What the Operators are Saying

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Enhanced performance, increased capabilities, greater operational productivity and affordability are compelling reasons that explain why, all over the world, as countries modernize their Hercules and air transport fleets, the C-130J has become the aircraft of choice. The U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marines Corps, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal Danish Air Force, the Italian Air Force… are all re-equipping their fleets with the C-130J.

Here’s what operators are saying about the C-130J:

“I truly enjoy the new aircraft for its reliability and technological advantages over the older aircraft I used to fly back home. The (C-130J) aircraft has performed extremely well in all conditions… It has far exceeded any expectations.”
Capt. Steve Lamarche, Canadian Forces
Ottawa Sun, November 14, 2005

The J model “is an awesome airplane. I love it.”
Maj. Dave Flynn, U.S. 48th Airlift Squadron
American Forces Press Service, May 23, 2005

“The C-130J is doing the job, and doing it in a superior manner.”
General Rick Ethredge, U.S. Air Force
WLOX 13 News, July 13, 2005

“The C-130J’s 93-percent mission-capable rate is a phenomenal number.”
Lt. Col. Jeff Blalock, U.S. 48th Airlift Squadron
Air Education and Training Command News Service, April 7, 2005

“The C-130J is the right airplane for the job. It can handle the full gamut of missions — surface and pavement, dirt landing zones, airdrops — and it can handle the vast majority of the loads we need to carry. As an aircraft commander, it’s a very credible aircraft to fly and it’s pretty tough to get bored on this plane. Can’t think of anything else I’d rather fly.”
Lt. Col. Dan Walters, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs
July 4, 2005

“The stretch C-130J is certainly is a force multiplier… It’s able to climb above all threats and still remain in the combat area.”
Col. Lawrence Gallogly, U.S. 143rd Airlift Wing
Defense News, August 22, 2005

“I’ve got to tell you, C-130Js, when they’re there [in theater]…it’s a wonderful airframe. I like it. We’d all love to have more.”Lt. Gen. Walter Buchanan, 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces
Defense Today, October 28, 2005

“From a pilot’s perspective, this aircraft is just phenomenal. The engines and props give you tremendous power and capability… It climbs like a rocket on take off”.
Lt. Col. Jeff Blalock, U.S. 48th Airlift Squadron American Forces Press Service, May 23, 2005

The C-130J “is way, way more user-friendly, like it was designed by a pilot… We’re pretty excited about it, and we absolutely love flying it.”Capt. Jill Browning, U.S. 48th Airlift Squadron
American Forces Press Service, May 23, 2005

“The increased avionics. The electronic flight instrumentation. The computerization of the airplane, as well as the engines, gives us a better safety margin. We can fly higher, faster and further.”
General Rich Moss, U.S. Air Force
WLOX 13 News, July 13, 2005