Flying the Mighty Herc: Then & Now

For TACAMO sailors old enough to recall the C-130 days, many of us hold a special fondness for our long retired EC-130 G/Q platform. Whether you call her the Hercules, the Herc, the “Wayback Machine” (as TCVA Executive Director Mike Vos does) or perhaps the “Lockheed Hilton” as did the reel operators on our crew, she was a real workhorse who filled a critical role in the defense of our nation during the Cold War. Living in Minneapolis and often watching AFRES and ANG C-130s overflying my house, I’ve often wondered what it would be like to go for one more ride in a C-130. Remarkably, I was given the opportunity to do just that recently and was able to reconnect with our reliable old mount. I

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