50 years of Hercules in the Peruvian Air Force. The two from the Spanish Air Force will arrive at in December

The Hercules’ history in the Peruvian Air Force dates back to the mid-1970s when they acquired two L-100-20 (civilian elongated-fuselage variant and Allison 501-D20 engines) for an estimated $ 11 million order from Dollars that include a batch of spare parts and parts for two years of operation. The first ship, registration FAP 394, arrived in Peru on October 20, while the second ship, registration FAP 395, arrived on November 5. On that day, both ships were officially handed over by the Vice President of the then Lockheed Corporation (California, USA), David Crockett, who became part of Transport Wing No. 841, a unit dependent on Air Group No. 8.

Since arriving, the L-100-20 Hercules have proven to be of vital importance to oil production in the Amazon due to their operational characteristics, carrying engineering machinery and supplies to the warehouses, as well as equipment and parts for the towers. Drilling of the Pavayacu, Trompeteros and Capirona wells. This work enabled the Air Force to raise the resources to purchase another L-100-20, which received registration FAP 396 and arrived in April 1972. In mid-1976 there was a contract for around 28.1 million euros. Three more dollars were acquired. The first ship of this batch received registration FAP 383 and arrived in Peru in December of that year, while those with registration FAP 382 and FAP 384 arrived in March 1977. In March 1981 there were two more ships: registration numbers FAP 397 and FAP 398.

In late 1985, a pair of C-130D Hercules with registrations FAP 383 and FAP 399 were acquired through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, which began in 1986. Finally, the following year, the Air Force also acquired Via FMS, five C-130s were manufactured between 1955 and 1957, which were available to MASDAC (Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center), which is now the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) on Davis -Monthan Base (Arizona, USA). . Of these, the one identified with registration FAP 396 will arrive this year, while those with registration FAP 374, FAP381, FAP 385, and FAP 393 will arrive in 1988. A sixth ship, which has even already been selected, could not be purchased due to budget cuts. In service, both the C-130D and C-130 flew relatively briefly as, in addition to their high maintenance costs and age, they arrived with a reduced hourly remainder and largely ended up being a source of spares and spare parts. .

Currently the Peruvian Air Force operates two L-100-20 Hercules that are part of Areo Group No. 8. The fleet of this unit also includes two Boeing 737s: a 737-200 and a 737-528, which perform this function from Avin Presidencial, as well as 3 Antonov An-32Bs, a Learjet 45XR, 2 Lockheed L-100-20 Hrcules and 4 Leonardo C-27J Spartan. Two more Boeing 737s are currently being shipped: a 300 purchased by D&S Aviation under a $ 3.7 million contract and a 400F sold by Aviation Global Ltd. for $ 10.4 million are expected to arrive. in November and December.

To these, a pair of KC-130H Hercules will be added shortly, the takeover of which from Spain is in the final stages to prevent them from being delivered if there is no inconvenience next December. In addition, the flight crews and maintenance staff of Grupo Areo N 8 completed the relevant training courses for the operation of the KC -130H a few days later at the headquarters of Wing 31 at the base in Saragossa (Spain).

Memorial act

The Air Force commemorated the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the L-100-20 Hercules in Peru at the Air Force Base Major General Armando Revoredo Iglesias with the assistance of Defense Minister, Brigadier General (r) Jorge Chvez Cresta and Air Force Commander General Rodolfo Pereyra Cuneo of the Peruvian Air Force as well as the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Jorge Chaparro Pinto and the Inspector General. Lieutenant General Alfonso Artadi Saletti. Also present were the commander of Air Wing No. 2, Major General Cesar Diaz Pacheco and the Commander of Air Group No. 8, Colonel FAP Oscar Delgado Gonzales, as well as Major Generals Marcos Huamn Corrales, Jorge Paredes Moran and Tonino Annicchiarico Ongaro. senior pilot officers in the transport specialty.

The religious address was given by Commander Elard Granda Alviar, 2nd, Commander of Grupo Areo No. 8, who told the story of the L-100-20 Hercules during fifty years of uninterrupted work across Peru, paying special attention to the delivery the first two aircraft and the myriad missions of citizen action, airlifts and military operations, the Hercules have posted an impressive record of 67,000 flight hours since their inception, having transported more than 1.2 million passengers and around 250,000 tons of cargo. (Alejo Marchessini, correspondent for Grupo Edefa in Lima).

Photo: C-130A Hercules, registration FAP 381, with a camouflage scheme in shades of green and gray.

View of the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Hercules in Peru.

L-100-20 Hercules – Registration according to FAP 397 while deployed in support of the 27th Peruvian Scientific Campaign to Antarctica – ANTAR XXVII.

L-100-20 Hercules, registration FAP 383, with the colored paintwork used in the mid-1980s.

C-130D Hercules, registration FAP 399, shortly after arriving in Peru in 1986.

Logo of the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Hercules in Peru.

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