Hercules vindicates faith with performance in Iraqi combat

Lake, Jon
June 2003
Flight Daily News;6/17/2003, Issue 3, p56
Trade Publication
After its troubled start, the Lockheed Martin C-130J has emerged from the war against Iraq with a much enhanced reputation and with many doubts about the aircraft overcome. The new model's tactical credentials have been enhanced by a number of recent milestones, with the C-130J-30 completing austere field landing trials in the Arizona desert, and with Italy and the Royal Australian Air Force successfully completing air-drop and paradrop testing, respectively. The Royal Air Force used the C-130J in combat for the first time during operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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