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Norway's Workhorse, C-130E/H Hercules Bids Farwell

Thu May 15, 2008 8:56 pm

The Royal Norwegian Airforce's C-130E/H Hercules bids farwell in the next few days, after nearly 40 years in service. Norway's Hercules has been put into most scenarios, including war operations, evacuation, aid/ relief operations as well as transport to Antarctica for Politicians and Norwegian Royalty on various missions.

It has landed on gras and grawl where other airplanes has had problems.

It has transported Polarbears from Svalbard

It was heavely involved in troop transport to Lebanon

Several aid operations, including operations during the tsunami in Asia ( Banda-Ache ) and earthquake victims in Turkey.



The Norwegian Hercules has never had any weapons fitted, but after the Sarajevo conflict, where a Hercules from a different country was hit by a rocket only two minutes before a Norwegian Hercules landed, the Norwegian Hercules was fitted with countermeasures / decoys to trick several types of missiles from hitting.


Since the purchase in 1969, the Norwegian Hercules planes has had 133 665 hours in the air and flown the eqvaliant of 1713 times around the earth or 15 years in the air.


The Norwegian Hercules planes has never had any crash or accidents.



The next few days, the planes will fly to various airports across the nation to bid farwell , including a low fly by of the capitol, Oslo.


The old Hercules will be replaced by new Hercules. The C-130J.


The C-130J. does'nt have a navigator seat. Much ,more electronic onboard. So several navigators will loose their old job and all the Hercules crew's in Norway needs to learn the new type of Hercules.


5 of the old Hercules will go to Arizona where they will hopefully wait in a dry enviroment for possibly a new owner. The last Hercules will be put on the Gardermoen Airport Museum in Oslo.


A picture of a Royal Norwegian Airforce who was the first plane to land on the then newly open Oslo Airport Gardermoen in Oslo. In this picture it does an extra low fly by:

http://media.aftenposten.no/archive/...65/_hercules_tittel_jp_765393x.jpg
 
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RE: Norway's Workhorse, C-130E/H Hercules Bids Farwell

Fri May 16, 2008 3:11 am

I would have to say, that is a great service record, that one looks like an old veteran also. Good luck with the new ones.
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RE: Norway's Workhorse, C-130E/H Hercules Bids Farwell

Fri May 16, 2008 6:38 am

Thanks for the historical overview.  bigthumbsup  I'm sure Norway will have nothing but success with the new -J's.

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RE: Norway's Workhorse, C-130E/H Hercules Bids Farwell

Fri May 16, 2008 3:19 pm

An impressive service record, no doubt the the new Hercs will have busy lives too.
 
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RE: Norway's Workhorse, C-130E/H Hercules Bids Farwell

Sun May 18, 2008 9:11 pm

Are the old hercs being part exchanged for J models like the RAF did, or will they be broken up/sold on by the Norwegian MOD
 
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RE: Norway's Workhorse, C-130E/H Hercules Bids Farwell

Sun May 18, 2008 10:18 pm

The danish press stated a few months ago that RNoAF wouldn't receive their C-130J's before 2010  Confused And how does this affect the pilots RDAF is borrowing from Norway?

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RE: Norway's Workhorse, C-130E/H Hercules Bids Farwell

Sun May 18, 2008 11:18 pm

Quoting ACW367 (Reply 4):
Are the old hercs being part exchanged for J models like the RAF did, or will they be broken up/sold on by the Norwegian MOD

I beleave I mentioned this in my first post:

Quoting Mortyman (Thread starter):
5 of the old Hercules will go to Arizona where they will hopefully wait in a dry enviroment for possibly a new owner. The last Hercules will be put on the Gardermoen Airport Museum in Oslo.



Quoting Larshjort (Reply 5):
The danish press stated a few months ago that RNoAF wouldn't receive their C-130J's before 2010

The first one will be ready already in November this year, according to the official Norwegian Military website:

http://www.mil.no/luft/start/article.jhtml?articleID=161651

The second one will arrive next year and by end 2010 we will have the total of 4 that has been ordered.

Personally i think they should have ordered more though. 4 planes is not much...
 
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RE: Norway's Workhorse, C-130E/H Hercules Bids Farwell

Mon May 19, 2008 1:42 am



Quoting Mortyman (Reply 6):
The first one will be ready already in November this year, according to the official Norwegian Military website:

The first one rolled out of the final assembly line not long ago actually  Smile

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