Delaware Air Guard to perform their largest C-130H formation flight in 12 years this Sunday
April 9, 2015 -- NEW CASTLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Del. -- The Delaware Air National Guard will have a C-130H formation flight scheduled for takeoff on Sunday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. It will be the largest formation flown by the 166th Airlift Wing since its departure for Southwest Asia supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in March, 2003.
Colonel Michael J. Feeley, wing commander, will have a base wide commander's call on the flight line commencing at 10:40 a.m., recognizing the significance of this event. This is a culmination of effort from every unit/airman in the wing, and without their contributions, this could not be accomplished.
This formation flight will train over 40 aircrew members and countless maintenance and ground support personnel. The flight will consist of low level flying routes and several actual airdrops.
The 166th Airlift Wing has eight permanently assigned C-130H2 aircraft. Because of other worldwide commitments, and long term maintenance care, the wing rarely has the opportunity to fly more than five aircraft in one formation.
Airmen and media are expected to be in place no later than 10:40 a.m. for a takeoff time of 11:00 a.m.
The 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, has more than 1,150 men and women at the New Castle ANG Base in New Castle, Del. The 166th provides tactical airlift and airdrop of troops and cargo using C-130H2 aircraft, plus aeromedical evacuation, civil engineer and network warfare functions.
Delaware Air National Guard: Celebrating 69 years of service to our state and nation, 1946-2015
- 30 -