05/30/2011 An aircrew from the 746th Airlift Squadron preparing and flying an air transport mission in support of Operation New Dawn. This aircrew is deployed from the 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls Reserve Station, N.Y.
Credit: U.S. Air Forces Central Public Affairs, 1/22/11
The C-130 has been a real workhorse in theater.
- The 772nd’s primary mission sets include airland, aeromedical evacuation and airdrop missions. To date, the unit has conducted nearly 9,000 sorties and continues to meet mission requirements. They have transported over 85,000 personnel, and more than 25,000 tons or 50 million pounds of cargo throughout the U.S. Central Command AOR. Many of the missions often crisscross the Middle East from places in Iraq and Afghanistan to many remote bases in country.
- During their September 2009 deployment, the Flying Jennies set a world record for the maximum number of airdrop bundles delivered in a one-week period — 801 bundles in 24 missions. They also achieved a 98.5 percent recoverable or reusable rate of cargo airdropped.
- With more than 1,300 sorties flown, around 13.2 million pounds of cargo delivered, more than 500 medical evacuees escorted and roughly 23,000 passengers transported across the AOR, the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed more than 2,700 flight hours and has set a new benchmark for future airlift squadrons stationed in Southwest Asia.
- 2/19/2007 – BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNEWS) — Eight aircrew members from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing’s 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron used the joint precision airdrop system for the first time over Iraq Feb. 16 to deliver six 1,200-pound bundles.
- The Navy’s fleet of KC-130s has seven core missions that also includes air drops, Kuhn added.Between February ’05 and September ’06, the Marine Corps’ KC-130Js alone flew more than 5,400 sorties in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), for a total of more than 10,800 hours. That included hauling 10.4 million pounds of cargo, air dropping 175,000 pounds of cargo, dispensing 66.5 million gallons of fuel and transporting more than 28,700 personnel, according to a Naval Air Systems Command spokesman.
- The USMC Air Expeditionary Force has had six KC-130Js in theater since February 2005. During this deployment the KC-130J crews have flown 8,854 sorties totaling 17,398 flight hours. In August of 2007 they set a deployment one month record with 318 sorties, logged 621.9 flying hours, off-loaded 127,014 pounds of cargo, transported 718 personnel, and passed 6,002,600 pounds of fuel.