H-Model Farewell

Posted 26 September 2012
Photo by A1C Damon Kasberg

The last two C-130H Hercules assigned to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Texas, were flown off together after ceremonies at the base near Abilene on 26 September 2012. The aircraft (Air Force serial numbers 74-1667 and 74-2063) were transferred to their new home at the C-130 schoolhouse at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. The 317th AG, which is scheduled to receive its twenty-eighth and final C-130J in early 2013, flew C-130Hs for thirty-seven years. On 31 March 1975, Dyess received the very first C-130H to roll off the then-Lockheed assembly line. Over the next two years, the base eventually had fifty-three H-models assigned there.

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