AC-130H 69-6570 (here as Bad Company) though we called her ‘The Hussy’ this is with the deletion of the ASD-5 Black Crow ball near the nose and the deletion of the twin 20mm Vulcans and twin 7.62 miniguns. The crease on the front of the left wheelwell used to hold the “FLIR” ball back in the Vietnam era configuration.
Do you think it's wise that the U.S. Air Force has been debating retiring the F-15? Or do you think it should be kept in service? I personally don't think the F-16 or F-35 would be fit replacements.
A plane can’t be kept in service forever, and unlike demigods like the B-52 or C-130H, the F-15 goes through too much aerodynamic stress to be kept alive as long as those planes.
I’d say, while the 6th generation matures, they should procure Silent Eagles as an interim solution while the C-variants finally retire, that way they’ll have the F-22 as their premier fighter, F-15SE as their workhorse, and the F-35 as the jack of all trades.
Also, the F-16 is NOT replacing the F-15, as that plane is getting replaced as well, by the F-35, which I agree, is not a worthy successor of the Eagle.
Paratroopers jump out of a Nevada Air National Guard C-130H Hercules while conducting airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 13, 2017. The Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, belong to the only American airborne brigade in the Pacific and are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather/high altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena)
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has operated forty-eight Lockheed C-130 Hercules transports of various marks. The C-130Hs were retired in November 2012, leaving the C-130J as the only model in Australian service.
The U.S. Marine Corps 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares to perform high altitude-low opening jumps out of a C-130H Hercules aircraft from the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 11, 2014. The 36th AS conducts theater airlift, special operations, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, repatriation and humanitarian relief missions with a C-130H Hercules mission-ready aircrew while being the only forward-based tactical airlift squadron in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards/ Released)
Two Bangladesh Air Force F-7BG Defenders from 5th Squadron, BAF Base Bangabandhu, escort a U.S. C-130H Hercules from the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, during Exercise COPE SOUTH near Kishoreganj, Bangladesh, Jan. 28, 2015.
Egypt’s dubious record at special forces operations.
>In 1978, Egyptian Army Special Forces (Task Force 777) were dispatched via a C-130H to Larnaca International Airport, Larnaca, Cyprus in response to the hijacking of a Cyprus Air passenger aircraft by operatives of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The operation was organized hastily, and Egyptian authorities failed to notify Cyprus of the arrival of the unit. As the Egyptian commandos approached the plane on the tarmac, they were mistaken by the Cyprus security forces as terrorist reinforcements. Cypriot security forces opened fire on the approaching Egyptian SF members, who were without nearby cover and conspicuous in desert camouflage clothing. The firefight cost the lives of 15 members of the 79 members of the Egyptian commando force sent, however there were no reported Cypriot fatalities.
Of the Egyptian commando force, 15 men were killed, in addition to three crew of the C-130H Hercules transport aircraft who were killed when it was struck by a missile. An estimated 15 more Egyptian commandos were reported to have been taken injured to Larnaca General Hospital with gunshot wounds.
Following the assault, it emerged that the surrender of the two hostage-takers had already been secured at the time of the failed Egyptian attack, and the two men were taken prisoner by the Cypriots and later extradited to Egypt, where they received death sentences, later commuted to life sentences.
>In 1985, Task Force 777 was dispatched again to deal with a hijacking, this time to Malta. An Egypt Air Boeing 737 (EgyptAir Flight 648) had landed in Luqa Airport under the control of Abu Nidal faction terrorists, purportedly as retaliation for Egypt’s failure to protect the terrorists that had hijacked the MS Achille Lauro earlier that year. Several hostages were released (11 passengers), and at least one Israeli woman was executed. Although the operation was planned more carefully this time, the TF 777 operators committed several mistakes that would eventually prove fatal to many of the hostages. As explosives were detonated to attempt to blow a hole on the top of the airframe, the explosion ripped through the cabin area, immediately killing 20 passengers. Using the same hole, the operators gained entry to the plane but in the confusion opened fire indiscriminately and killed and injured more passengers. In the ensuing chaos, passengers that managed to flee the plane were then gunned down by snipers in positions around the airport who mistook them for terrorists attempting to escape.
The total number of passengers killed was 57, out of 88 total.
In conclusion, either deadlier to themselves, or deadlier to the hostages.