Montana Air National Guard’s 120th Airlift Wing in Great Falls has been selected as one of four preferred locations to receive the C-130J Super Hercules, the Department of the U.S. Air Force announced Thursday.
The new aircraft would replace the aging C-130Hs, pending the outcome of environmental assessments, Air Force officials said. Eight C-130J aircraft will be used to replace the C-130H fleet at each location.
The three other sites named as preferred locations were the 103rd Airlift Wing (Hartford, Connecticut), 133rd Airlift Wing (Minneapolis) and 182nd Airlift Wing (Peoria, Illinois), Air force officials said.
A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules approaches for landing at Camp Simba, Manda Bay, Kenya in 2019.
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“This significant series upgrade will require new flight qualification for pilots and loadmasters transitioning airframes. Any excess in manpower due to this shift will be repurposed through the Air National Guard corporate process and will vary by location,” the Air Force said in a news release.
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