The US Air Force’s (USAF) 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) has delivered the first of seven refurbished outer wing sets for the MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft operated by Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).
The delivery follows the successful completion of all the phases of the programme, from inspection to fuel line plumbing, non-destruction inspection.
The specialised, low density platform MC-130H is currently undergoing accelerated programmed depot maintenance at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, US.
MC-130H programme Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex manager Chuck Foley said: "Cognizant of the aircraft’s availability situation, and the quick-turn required, the air logistics complex at Robins is performing a total of 12 wing swaps alongside the H-model’s PDM."
Six C-130E trainers with low flying hours assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, were selected for renovation at AMARG.
577th Commodities and Reclamation Squadron David Lang said: "The first outer wing set was inducted in August with what would soon be a no-kidding delivery date to Robins by November 30.
"We invested 3,800 hours of work on the first set and there was no time for an ‘ease into it’ factor.
"Our day was nonstop, but our entire team had a can-do spirit and gave AMARG that extra effort to get the job done right and on time."
"These aircraft have performed incredibly well in a variety of missions around the world."
"It’s our privilege to step into an assignment like this, share our experience and excel while keeping the active fleet flying."
Image: AMARG personnel inspect on a C-130E outer wing. Photo: courtesy of Air Force.