Lockheed Martin has announced the delivery of the HC-130J Combat King for the US Air Force Reserve to a crew from Patrick AFB´s 920th Rescue Wing, the company said.
This HC-130J will be operated by the 39th Rescue Squadron (RQS), which is part of the 920th RQW.
These Reservists are long-time operators of legacy HC-130 P/N Combat King combat search-and-rescue aircraft, flying and maintaining HC-130s since the 1960s — using HC-130s to save more than 3,000 lives. The HC-130J is the sole dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform operated by the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.
The 920th RQW and 39th RQS also have the distinction of being the Air Force Reserve´s only HC-130J operators and will eventually have an HC-130J fleet to support mission requirements.
The HC-130J is one of nine production variants of the C-130J Super Hercules, the current production model of the legendary C-130 Hercules aircraft. With more than 450 aircraft delivered, the C-130J is the airlifter of choice for 20 nations. The global Super Hercules fleet has more than 2 million flight hours of experience.
The US government operates the largest C-130J Super Hercules fleet in the world. This delivery continues the US government´s transition to the C-130J as the common platform across Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, US Coast Guard and US Marine Corps.