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  • New On the Ramstein Ramp
    Posted by Robert Wall 10:05 AM on Apr 08, 2009

    The first C-130J assigned to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe is now on the ramp of its home base at Ramstein AB in Germany.

     

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    The aircraft (tail number 8601) is assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing. USAFE is slated to receive 14 of the latest-model Hercules, with the rest in-bound during the next 12 months, replacing E-models which will be retired or shifted to other locations.

    The Air Force points out that this is also the first C-130J to be permanently based at an overseas location.

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    The USAFE fleet is likely to see a lot of duty, including outside Europe. USAFE provides airlift support to Africa Command and, U.S. Air Force official have pointed out the J-models improved performance will be particularly beneficial for those activities.

    As part of the celebration, USAFE also inaugurated a $22 million maintenance facility that can accommodate one C-17 or two C-130Js.

    [Photos: USAF]

    Tags: ar99, C-130J, Lockheed, USAFE

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