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C-130’s - maintained to keep flying

C-130’s - maintained to keep flying

A C-130H Hercules from the Delaware Air National Guard takes off into the sunset Aug. 14, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The C-130 is used as a tactical airlift aircraft and can land on a multitude of air strips including ones made of dirt. The U.S. Air Force has been flying the Hercules since the 1950’s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King)

C-130’s - maintained to keep flying

A C-130H Hercules crew chief supervises pre-flight maintenance of a C-130 from the Delaware Air National Guard Aug. 16, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Crew chiefs are responsible for all maintenance on the aircraft and ensure they are ready to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King)

C-130’s - maintained to keep flying

Staff Sgt. Jason Wilson, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, deployed from the Delaware Air National Guard, watches a C-130H Hercules on the flightline Aug. 14, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Loadmasters are responsible for loading and unloading cargo and passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King)

C-130’s - maintained to keep flying

Staff Sgt. Jason Wilson, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, deployed from the Delaware Air National Guard, watches a C-130H Hercules on the flightline Aug. 14, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Wilson spoke with the pilots and helped with the engine start procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King)

C-130’s - maintained to keep flying

Tech. Sgt. Robert McCarthy, 385th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief deployed from the Texas Air National Guard, performs maintenance on a C-130H Hercules engine Aug. 14, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Hercules aircraft fly sorties daily in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King)

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