US Air Force pauses flight ops for more than a hundred C-130s over ‘atypical’ cracking
A total of 123 of 450 C-130H and C-130J aircraft
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August 9, 2019 - by Valerie Insinna for defensenews.com
More than a quarter of Air Mobility Command's C-130 Hercules fleet are being temporarily removed from service after "atypical" cracking was found.
During scheduled depot maintenance, the U.S. Air Force discovered cracking of the lower center wing joint — also known as the "rainbow fitting" — which led Air Mobility Command head Gen. Maryanne Miller to order an inspection of a portion of the fleet, according to an AMC statement released Wednesday evening.
A total of 123 of 450 C-130H and C-130J aircraft will be temporarily grounded while inspections occur. "This temporary removal of service will not impact ongoing C-130 support to overseas contingency operations," AMC said in its statement.
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