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U.S. base in Japan launches all its planes. And these are the coolest images.

All In: Yokota launches the fleet

On Oct. 22, Yokota airbase in Japan, launched all its aircraft as part of a large formation mission. C-130 Hercules, UH-1 Hueys, and C-12 Hurons took off to show the installation‘s ability to provide support as the primary airlift hub for the Western Pacific theater.


Ten C-130H Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron participated in a training sortie that tested Yokota’s ability to perform large-force employment and tactics.

C-130 night

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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[Photo] Inside a U.S. C-130H during a night air cargo drop over Afghanistan

Night airdrop

An air cargo drop mission can be quite demanding, especially if conducted at night.

The thing becomes much more challenging when the flight takes place over the enemy territory where there is a residual risk of MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) or small arms.

Night airdrop 2

On these missions, not only pilots but all the crew wear Night Vision Goggles, and use the side windows of the plane to spot any sign of hostile fire.

The images in this post show aircrew of the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130H Hercules from Bagram airfield, involved in an airdrop mission in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 7, 2013.

night airdrop 3

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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Super cool video shows a C-130 Hercules almost hitting the camera on landing in Antarctica

C130 landing

A few days ago we posted the video of an Argentine Air Force C-130 buzzing people’s heads during a daredevil low passage on the runway at Base Antártica Marambio, the main Argentine base in Antarctica.

Even if we said that the stunt was not only unnecessary but also dangerous, several readers from Argentina have tried to explain the mindset of the AAF after Malvinas (Falklands) war.

“For them [AAF pilots] flying ultra-low is a matter of pride” explains “Pampa”, a reader who left an interesting comment on the blog post.

“That is how the Hercules broke repeatedly the British blockade, by day and night, until the last day. Only Hercules lost was during an exploration mission, as the AF lacked other planes suitable for the task, an almost suicide task, as it was done with the onboard radar and MK-1 eyeballs, and they paid with their lives because they have to fly at “normal” altitudes!!!”

Juanma Baiutti, another reader says: “The final flyby is quite common when leaving the base but it’s made only when there are perfect conditions.As we dont have a very large air force, most of our C130 pilots that have antartic certification (not everyone do the Antarctic logistic flight) goes to Antarctica often. They all know about the weather there and their limitations. In fact, they all have flown the Twin Otter from Marambio for 6 months at least 2 times!”

Here’s another cool video taken over there. This time it is not a low level flying but a normal landing with a touchdown extremely close to the camera.

Once again, a must see!

H/T to Emiliano Guerra for the heads-up

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[Photo] Royal Air Force of Oman C-130 landing at Pisa

Oman C-130

Last month we published a stunning image showing a Hellenic Air Force C-130 flying with another plane of the same type, wearing the typical camouflaged color scheme still used by many Greek planes.

Even if most combat planes wear monochrome light grey paint jobs, camouflage color schemes, quite important for survival in certain scenarios, both in the air and on the ground, are still applied to aircraft flying with some quite exotic air forces.

Among them, the Royal Air Force of Oman.

In this picture, courtesy of David Bracci from Aviation Air Routes, a C-130J-30 of the RAFO landing at Pisa last month.

Oman C-130

Image credit: David Bracci

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[Photo] Six C-130 Hercules aircraft practice large formation airlift tactics and procedures

C-130 Elephant Walk

On Feb. 21, 2013, a formation of six C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base, Japan participated in a mission whose aim was to practice  large formation airlift tactics and procedures.

In the image below, the aircraft perform a so-called Elephant Walk, taxiing in sequence for the active runway.

C-130 Elephant Walk

The following photograph shows the Hercules airlifters of the 374th Airlift Wing leaving smoke trails in the skies over Yokota.

Smokey C-130s

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

A Yokota based U.S. C-130 was tailed by Chinese J-7 and J-10 fighters as it reached the airspace close to the border between China and Japan on Jan. 10, 2013.

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