The KC-130H Hercules already bear the insignia and registration of the Peruvian Air Force (exclusive photos)

A few days after their incorporation, as shown in these photos, the KC-130H Hercules are already wearing the insignia and license plates of the Peruvian Air Force. The TK10-11 (MSN 4871) received the registration FAP 393, while the TK10-12 (MSN 4874) received the FAP 396. Both ships, assigned to Areo Group No. 8, will greatly enhance the passenger transport and evacuation capabilities of the Air Force and will be vital to the nationwide, rapid and efficient delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The acquisition of the KC-130H Hercules, as we previously reported on, was part of the acquisition program for two multipurpose aircraft to optimize the medium-sized strategic airlift service, unique code No. 2487807. The sale of both aircraft, which were manufactured in 1981 and Part of the Air Force operating under the command of the 31st Wing at Zaragoza Air Base (Spain) was approved by the Spanish government on December 1st. Finally, after the publication of Ministerial Resolution N 031-2021-DE (which approved an increase in the Air Force’s institutional budget by approximately $ 35 million) and Supreme Decree N 001-2021-DE declaring the Treaty of National Interest in government mode the ships started on February 11th from Zaragoza Air Base to Lima, where they arrived on the 15th.

Registration FAP 393 and FAP 396 with the Peruvian Air Force

The Peruvian Air Force operated no fewer than 8 L-100-20, 2 C-130D, and 5 C-130A Hercules between 1970 and 2020. Of these, one L-100-20 and two C-130As were designated FAP 393 and FAP 396 at the time, which were assigned to the recently incorporated KC-130H. Here is a brief account of your story.

FAP 393

Between 1987 and 1997 the Air Force operated a C-130A Hercules (Model C-130-45-LM), which was acquired as part of the United States’ FMS (Foreign Military Sales) program. Manufactured in 1957, it was shipped to the USAF on February 26, 1958 with serial number 57-455 (MSN 182-3162). Assigned to Troop Transport Wing N 40 Screaming Eagles in Evreux Fauvill (France), a unit that was originally dependent on Troop Transport Wing N 317. In 1971 he moved to the troop transport squadron N 303 in Richards-Gebaur (Missouri). Later, between June 1975 and September 1986, with Squadrons N 63 in Selfridge, Michigan and N 328 in Niagara Falls, New York, which transferred to Tactical Air Transport Group N 143 of the Rhode Island National Area Guard in September 1986 were in the state of Quonset. Exactly one year later it was made available to the FMS program. Joined the Peruvian Air Force in 1988. He was retired between 1996 and 1997.

FAP 396

Between 1972 and 1997 the Peruvian Air Force operated two ships with the registration FAP 396. The first was an L-100-20 Hercules (model 382G-28C) manufactured in 1970 with serial number 4450. It was acquired directly by the then Lockheed Corporation (USA) and handed over to the Air Force on April 4, 1972. On April 24, 1981, on a night flight from Iquitos to Lima with about 20 tons of cargo, the crew was informed of the airport’s closure due to fog, Jorge Chvez International, so they went to Pisco. After two unsuccessful attempts, the crew opted for the San Juan de Marcona airfield, which is about 295 km away, due to the heavy air traffic and the fog. in the south, at about 1,000 m, the fuel runs out. Large. On their descent, in complete darkness and even more powerless and unresponsive to the controls, the crew prepared for the worst. Surprisingly, the ship landed on a gravel dune, slid diagonally and almost intact. The crew was unharmed.

The second was a C-130A Hercules (model C-130A-45-LM), also purchased through the FMS program. It was manufactured in 1957 and shipped to the USAF on May 28, 1958 under serial number 57-0470 (MSN 182-3177). I work with the Troop Transport Wing No. 483 in Ashiya (Japan) and later with BEEliners No. 21 in Naha. In October 1962 it moved to Air Division No. 315 and in August 1966 to Tactical Air Transport Wing No. 374. For a short time it would have operated under Air America, the airline of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). carry out special missions in Laos and Thailand with registration 704. In July 1975 he was assigned to the Tactical Air Transport Squadron N 95 Flying Badgers, which was available to the FMS program in June 1987. Admitted to the Peruvian Air Force in 1987. He has civil registration OB-1395. Retired in 1990. (Alejo Marchessini, correspondent for the Edefa group in Lima)

Photo: KC-130H Hercules of the Peruvian Air Force. Registration FAP 393.

View of the tail of the KC-130H Hercules. Registration FAP 393. It is observed that the cross of San Andres is still preserved.

KC-130H Hercules. Registration FAP 396.

The C-130A Hercules with USAF serial number 57-0455 in service with Transport Squadron N 328 in Niagara Falls, New York. In 1988 he joined the Peruvian Air Force as FAP 393.

The first FAP 396 was an L-100-20 Hercules (model 382G-28C) manufactured in 1970 with serial number 4450.

The second FAP 396 was a C-130A Hercules (Model C-130A-45-LM) that was purchased through the FMS program.

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