by Tech. Sgt. Amber Williams
10/20/2015 - Savannah, Ga. -- The 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard received the first of eight C-130 Hercules upgrades, here, Oct. 15.
The 165th AW will be replacing the C-130H2s to the C-130H2.5 and C-130H3
which are approximately fifteen years newer. The newer aircraft are
expected to replace the current fleet throughout 2016.
"Basically, we're getting a newer model of the C-130. With the
replacements we are gaining enhanced navigational capability, electronic
flight instrumentation whereas before all of our gages were analog, and
improved autopilot system," said Lt. Col. Jonathan Drew, Inspector
General and C-130 Hercules pilot for the 165th Airlift Wing. "The
greatest advancement is that we now have a Master Caution and Warning
System which will audibly announce when something could be wrong."
"These upgrades will significantly contribute to how the 165th Airlift
Wing executes our State and Federal missions and allow us to be better
prepared for worldwide contingencies," said Col. Rainer Gomez the 165th
Airlift Wing Commander. "It also means we will have the ability to
sustain operations with newer Aircraft thus allowing us a longer future
as a Guard unit."
The 165th Airlift Wing has approximately 1,400 Airmen and supports both
State and Federal missions and has deployed in support of worldwide
contingencies such as Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring