Two evenings ago I participated in a clergy orientation (I am an airplane-loving hospital chaplain) flight on NY Air National Guard 109th Air Wing LC-130H. What a flight!
After several briefings, including an overview of the 109th's mission (Primarily serves the Arctic and Antarctic science and research stations), flight, and safety, we departed KSCH (Schenectedy County) and flew a two-hour round robin flight via BUF and JMT back to KSCH. We flew outbound at FL 18 and inbound at FL 19. While at cruise altitude we did 250 knots true airspeed, ground speed outbound was 234 kts, inbound we got a good tail wind and our ground speed was 324 kts.
I had several opportunities to visit the flight deck during the flight. WOW. LCDs for the HSI and Artificial Horizon. The visability from the flight deck of a C-130 is better than any other flight deck I have visited.
After our two hour flight (too short) we did a visual approch to runway 4 at KSCH, with moderate winds at 035.
I would love to do it again. Go 109th!