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Israel commences C-130J-30 flight training

17 October 2013
Israel is currently set to receive four C-130J-30 airlifters, the first of which is seen here being rolled out at Lockheed Martin's production facility in Marietta, Georgia. Source: Lockheed Martin

The Israel Air Force (IAF) has begun flight training on the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft in the United States, the service disclosed on 16 October.

Having already completed ground school, (including 130 simulator hours), the first pilots began flight instruction at Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB) in Arkansas the week prior to the announcement.

Israel has requested a total of nine C-130J-30s, but is currently contracted to receive four aircraft to join and eventually replace the C-130E/H transport and KC-130H platforms that have been in service since the early 1970s. Dubbed 'Shimshon' (Hebrew for Samson) by Israel, the C-130J-30s are set to be operated out of Nevitim Airbase in the south of the country.

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