A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J will visit Launceston Airport on 11 March, providing an opportunity for up to 70 Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) to experience a Defence workhorse in action.
The Hercules will carry the Cadets on a 60-minute flight from Launceston, which will include the lowering of the aircraft’s cargo ramp in flight.
The Cadets are from No. 5 Wing AAFC, and are drawn from Tasmanian-based squadrons in Hobart, Burnie, Devonport, and Launceston. The familiarisation flight on the Hercules is part of an annual bivouac for the Cadets at Stoney Head Military Training Area, which will also include instructional flying on chartered light aircraft and learning bush skills.
Seven members from the Navy cadets are also participating in the flight.
The Hercules is from No. 37 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond, west of Sydney. Air Force has operated different models of the Hercules since 1958, with the latest version – the C-130J – entering Australian service in 1999.
Capable of airlifting 20 tonnes of cargo, the Hercules is able to operate from unprepared runways and airfields with little infrastructure, or conduct airdrop of cargo by parachute. Air Force flying squadrons routinely conduct visits to Tasmania, either as part of flying training, in support of operations, or engagement activities with AAFC squadrons.
This Air Force activity is subject to change due to weather and operational requirements.
More information about the Hercules is available from https://www.airforce.gov.au/technology/aircraft/air-mobility/c-130j-hercules.