Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, US, received a new HC-130J Combat King II personnel recovery aircraft, which is Lockheed Martin‘s 2,500th C-130 Hercules delivered so far.
The new aircraft will join the US Air Force’s (USAF) 71st Rescue Squadron, which is part of the 347th Rescue Group.
Having received its first C-130 in 1956, the USAF operates the largest fleet of the aircraft model, including the legacy C-130 and the latest model C-130J Super Hercules.
Lockheed Martin C-130 Programs vice-president and general manager George Shultz said: "This milestone delivery is a source of pride for our team and the global C-130 community.
"The Hercules is a global asset and versatile workhorse that is truly without equal.
"This delivery represents the C-130’s strength in numbers and its ongoing relevancy to operators around the world."
Used by 68 countries, C-130s have logged more than 22 million flight hours.
US Air Force 71st RQS pilot Capt. Andrew Kim who flew the aircraft to Moody AFB said: "The C-130 is a part of a long legacy of really great aircraft that have contributed to some huge feats for the air force as a whole and the entire rescue community.
"The C-130 is such a tried and true platform.
"With them we can do anything from low levels to air drops straight out of the school house and operate in austere environments that some of the other planes might not be able to handle.
"Bringing a J model back, especially a new one, increases our reliability rates."
In October, US Air Force received two MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), for operations in Japan and the UK.
Image: The HC-130J Combat King II at Moody Air Force Base. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force Senior Airman Ceaira Tinsley.