C-130J arrival RamsteinC-130J arrives at Ramstein
Super Hercules tail number 8601, the first of 14 Lockheed Martin C-130J-models in production for the 86th Airlift Wing, arrived at Ramstein AB today. It is the first Super Hercules of the US Air Force permanently stationed at an overseas air base.
"This aircraft allows us to continue and to enhance the role of airpower, and especially airlift, in this vital part of the world," said Gen. Roger Brady, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, who personally piloted the new aircraft into place during the ceremony. The other 13 aircraft on order are scheduled to arrive over the next 12 months.
The E-model C-130s currently at Ramstein, whose average age is 40 years old, either will be retired from service or be moved to other units that are still flying the aircraft. Ramstein's 37th Airlift Squadron, known as the "Bluetail Flies," has operated them for the past three decades at two separate bases.
The arrival ceremony at Ramstein also served as a ribbon-cutting for a new $22 million dual-bay hangar, which can serve as a maintenance facility for two C-130s simultaneously, or hold one C-17 Globemaster III.