Taken by The Aviationist’s Tony Lovelock on Dec. 15 the following pictures depict the three Iraqi Air Force C-130Js during the stopover at Prestwick airport, near Glasgow, UK, on their historical delivery flight from Marietta, Georgia, to Iraq via Quonset Point, St Johns.
YI-305 was the first plane to depart the Scottish airport in pretty bad weather at 09.00 LT, followed by the second, YU-304 at 09.30 and finally the third, YI-306 at 10.00.
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.
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