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: