Today a shoot with the new arrival at this museum as a subject. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules "CH-13". Recently retired from active service with the Belgian Air Force. Replaced after years of faithful service by the Airbus A-400M Atlas.
Although this Herc is the latest addition in the fleet. It is not the youngest in airframe years. The airframe was built in 1964. As a replacement for the Hercules CH-02 lost in a hangar fire at Melsbroek in 2006. The airframe was bought from Evergreen Aviation based in Oregon. It took 2 years to reconfigure it to C-130H specs. So the oldest airframe in the retiring C-130 fleet with the least flight hours in Belgian Air Force service. A aircraft with a remarkable history indeed.
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