This was from a November 2008 trip to Bamako, Mali, Africa. The MC-130P's empennage, elevators and rudder were damaged by a nearby taxiing 727's jetblast. Our team of battle-damage repair technicians responded on short-notice and repaired the aircraft in a ridiculously short time. We repaired the damages with highly limited resources and replaced the flight controls with the minimal manning availability. The aircraft departed to home station on time in full mission capability status. The flight crew stated the aircraft handled better than it did before the damage.
Crash Landing Near Baghdad
A C-130H from Pope AFB is destroyed by Army EOD after a crash landing near Baghdad Air Field. All crew a passengers escaped unharmed. Herk was destroyed for force protection.
Cockpit of a old C-130 used for cargo training at NAVELSG in Cheatham Annex, VA