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New Super Hercules Arrives in Fort Worth

U.S. Air Force Col. Blair Morris (right), Lockheed Martin Marietta Defense Contract Management Agency commander,  relinquishes C-130J Super Hercules 5927 to Texas Air National Guard Col. Keith Williams (left), 136th Airlift Wing commander, Oct. 14, 2021, in Marietta, Georgia. The C-130J aircraft will introduce upgraded avionics, smaller aircrew requirements, more cargo space and increased longevity.  (Courtesy photo from Lockheed Martin, Thinh D. Nguyen)

U.S. Air Force Col. Blair Morris (right), Lockheed Martin Marietta Defense Contract Management Agency commander, relinquishes C-130J Super Hercules 5927 to Texas Air National Guard Col. Keith Williams (left), 136th Airlift Wing commander, Oct. 14, 2021, in Marietta, Georgia. The C-130J aircraft will introduce upgraded avionics, smaller aircrew requirements, more cargo space and increased longevity. (Courtesy photo from Lockheed Martin, Thinh D. Nguyen)

C-130J takes off

Citizen Airmen with the 136th Airlift Wing depart on C-130J Super Hercules 5927's maiden flight Oct. 14, 2021, from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. This new aircraft is the 136 AW's first model to be gained directly from the manufacturer. (Courtesy photo from Lockheed Martin, Thinh D. Nguyen)

C-130J sits on runway

The 136th Airlift Wing returned their newest C-130J Super Hercules here from Marietta, Ga., on October 14, 2021, right off the assembly line. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Pilot give thumbs up

Lt Col Brian Harper approves of the 136th Airlift Wing's newest C-130J Super Herc after it landed here from Marietta, Ga., on Ocgtober 14, 2021, right off the assembly line. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

C-130J sits on runway

The 136th Airlift Wing returned their newest C-130J Super Herc here from Marietta, Ga., on Ocgtober 14, 2021, right off the assembly line. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Pilot of new C-130J smile for the camera

These 136th Airlift Wing pilots deliver the newest C-130J Super Hercules here from Marietta, Ga., on October 14, 2021., right off the assembly line. The aircraft, flown by (l to r) 1st Lt. Zach Babbidge and Lt. Col. Brian Harper, will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

C-130J Super Hercules sits on runway

The 136th Airlift Wing returned their newest C-130J Super Hercules here from Marietta, Ga., on October 14, 2021, right off the assembly line. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Passengers are happy for successful C-130J arrival

Senior leadership, including Col. Keith Williams, 136th Airlift Wing commander, Col. David Compton, 136 AW vice commander, and CMSgt. Trey McKinney, 136 AW command chief, enjoy the ride home in the wing's newest C-130J Super Hercules that came right off the assembly line out of Marietta, Ga., October 14, 2021. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Airmen look into a new C-130J

Citizen Airmen take their first look at the 136th Airlift Wing's newest C-130J Super Hercules after it landed here from Marietta, Ga., on October 14, 2021, from the assembly line. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

136th Airlift Wing senior leadership pose with new C-130J
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(l to r) Col. David Compton, 136th Airlift Wing vice commander, Col. Keith Williams, 136 AW commander, and CMSgt Trey McKinney, 136 AW command chief, pause a moment to take in the new aircraft smell after their newest C-130J arrived from Marietta, Ga., on October 14, 2021. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

C-130J Loadmasters open back ramp
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The 136th Airlift Wing returned their newest C-130J Super Hercules here from Marietta, Ga., on October 14, 2021, right off the assembly line. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Close up of C-130J nose
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The 136th Airlift Wing returned their newest C-130J Super Herc here from Marietta, Ga., on Ocgtober 14, 2021, right off the assembly line. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Air crew pose with newest C-130J Super Hercules
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Air crew who flew the 136th Airlift Wing's newest C-130J Super Herc here from Marietta, Ga., October 14, 2021, take in this historic moment. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

C-130J Super Hercules sits on runway
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The 136th Airlift Wing returned their newest C-130J Super Hercules here from Marietta, Ga., on October 14, 2021, right off the assembly line. The aircraft will significantly increasing the wing's capability to serve Texas and our Nation. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE, Texas --

NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH, Texas — The 136th Airlift Wing acquired a brand new C-130J Super Hercules from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, Oct. 14, 2021.

This new aircraft is the first model to be gained directly from the manufacturer, with only nine flight hours upon departure.

“It was an incredible experience to bring home a J-model to begin our next chapter,” said Lt. Col. Brian Harper, 181st Airlift Squadron commander, who was assigned to fly the aircraft back to the 136 AW. “Securing a more modern, capable aircraft directly from the factory was both a historical moment and a remarkable improvement for our wing.”

Citizen Airmen from the 136 AW had the opportunity to tour the Lockheed Martin facilities, conduct initial routine aircraft inspections, and transport the aircraft back to their home station in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tech. Sgt. Juan Miramon, 136th Maintenance Squadron, was one of the Airmen who traveled to Lockheed Martin’s facility and the first crew chief to conduct the loose equipment check and pre-flight inspection on the new aircraft.

“There was a lot of excitement mixed with nervousness because you’re checking to make sure everything is safe and reliable,” Miramon said. “Overall, we’re excited to get the new aircraft. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to go to the factory and pick one up. It was an honor to be one of the ones to get to do it.”

For the first time in its history, the 136 AW is undergoing an entire fleet conversion to the C-130J Super Hercules, replacing its former fleet of aging C-130Hs  manufactured more than 30 years ago. Since July 2021, the 136 AW has acquired four other J-models with differing production years, but with no aircraft over 1,500 hours.

As the longest continuously produced military aircraft for more than 60 years, the Lockheed Martin-manufactured C-130 has earned the reputation as the workhorse of military aircraft, adept at remote strip landings, airdropping troops and supporting humanitarian aid missions.

The C-130J aircraft will introduce upgraded avionics, smaller aircrew requirements, more cargo space and increased longevity as a result of fewer flight hours. It will also be able to fly faster with more payload and greater performance in hotter temperatures and higher density altitudes. It will allow the 136th AW to continue the mission of tactical airlift, but with improved capabilities.

“It’s a fresh start,” Miramon said. “It increases viability and longevity for our unit and provides opportunities for brand new missions in addition to the ones we’re already doing.”

The 136th AW includes more than 1,000 Airmen as a part of the Texas Military Department. Thousands of Airmen have supported tactical airlift missions during the unit’s tenure flying C-130s across the nation and around the world, executing missions for cargo transportation, search and rescue, and emergency response support during natural disasters.

The wing is expected to receive eight C-130Js by the end of the conversion in an ongoing effort to modernize the fleet.