One of the last Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules of the air component of the Belgian armed forces has carried out a transport mission to the Spanish airport of Valencia. We are facing one of the last missions of this model in the Belgian ranks, where they will be replaced by the Airbus Defense & Space A400M.
The 15th air component transport wing has received two of the seven A400Ms ordered by Airbus DS, which last year delivered another of those aircraft from the San Pablo (Seville) assembly line to Luxembourg, which has been in service from the start, said Belgian unit. The agreement between the two Benelux countries stipulates that in return for the delivery of this A400M, the wing will provide for a series of flight hours previously agreed for the Luxembourg Army Lëtzebuerger Arméi. In addition, Luxembourg pays one eighth of the fleet’s maintenance costs, which are estimated at around 11 to 12 million euros per year.
Meanwhile, the 15th wing continues to operate with about a dozen of the aforementioned C-130Hs. This would be the case with the C-130H, which landed in Valencia last Friday and also bears the special decoration on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its integration into the Belgian air component. This device, the first of the surviving ones, the CH-01, has the head of a North American Sioux Indian chief, whose badges are painted on the tail. (Julio Maíz Sanz).
Photo: The C-130H was specially painted to commemorate 50 years of operation of the model with the air component of the Belgian armed forces. (Photo Alvaro Valiente).
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