The following interesting video (with radio chats) brings you on board a C-130J of the 40 Airlift Squadron, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, during the “largest” Super Hercules formation ever (I haven’t had the possibility to check if this information is correct, so if you know or larger C-130J formations, please let me know).
The group on took off on Monday Jul. 1 and flew in trail formation to El Paso then to the Big Bend area before heading to the drop zone at Dyess. After dropping their loads the planes wheeled off to the west and spaced out for recovery: as they lined up on approach to landing, more than eight miles separated the lead aircraft from the last!
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