C-130 Hercules Demo

The 920th Rescue Wing, locally based at Patrick Air Force Base, will perform a C-130 tactical demo at the Melbourne Air and Space Show sponsored by Northrop Grumman, March 30-31, 2019 at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida!   The C-130 demo will begin with a drop of the SOCOM Black Daggers. Following the drop... View Article


The 920th Rescue Wing, locally based at Patrick Air Force Base, will perform a C-130 tactical demo at the Melbourne Air and Space Show sponsored by Northrop Grumman, March 30-31, 2019 at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida!

 

The C-130 demo will begin with a drop of the SOCOM Black Daggers. Following the drop the C-130 will make a random steep approach descending in a spiral of sharp turns from 5,000 feet with a transition to a short field assault landing. This is a type of maneuver is used at a combat airfield to stay high on the inbound flight and then drop quickly while staying in protected airspace over the airfield. Once on the ground the C-130 will execute a backward taxi, then get into position to takeoff. The final maneuver will be a max-effort takeoff with a full engine run up with brakes applied, then a launch to take off in a very short distance with a steep climb out

 

The C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings. The C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. More than 40 variants of the Hercules operate in more than 60 nations.

 

Headquartered locally at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, the 920th Rescue Wing is the Air Force Reserve Command’s premier combat search and rescue (CSAR) unit. The wing consists of over 1,500 Airmen, trained and equipped to locate and recover U.S. Armed Forces personnel during both peacetime and wartime military operations. Additional missions include manned spaceflight support, search and rescue support for civilians who are lost or in distress and lending support in humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

 

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