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Previous thread was from 2007 and lumped in with the HC, I'll try and keep this first post up to date.

Command: AFSOC

Crew: Pilot, CP, CSO, LMs

MissionCommando II flies clandestine, or low visibility, single or multiship, low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft, and infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces (SOF) by airdrop or airland intruding politically sensitive or hostile territories. The MC-130J primarily flies missions at night to reduce probability of visual acquisition and intercept by airborne threats. Its secondary mission includes the airdrop of leaflets. 

Selection: AFPC.  Out of UPT (T-38 or T-1)/UCT/LM Tech School and crossflow 

Schoolhouse: Kirtland, NM (415 SOS - AETC)

Training: Qual and Mission at Kirtland.  Timeline depends, but is a yearish (request updates from Kirtland only products)

Operational Bases/Units: Cannon, NM (9 SOS); Kadena, Japan (17 SOS); Mildenhall, UK (67 SOS); Hulrburt, FL (Test, WIC, other)

Assignments: CAO 5/19 you generally don't get a base assignment until you're at training (hence all the drop night "MC-130 to Kirtlands").


Versus HC-130: 

Sourcehttps://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104510/mc-130j-commando-ii/ and baseops forums.





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...partial rhino resemblance?

..Not to assume Israel's Legacy Herk namesake.

And it is grey...and can probably sneak up on some poor fool like a 'gray rhino'

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11 hours ago, MechGov said:

I appreciate that the Lockheed guys are calling it the Talon III

Looks more like an abyssinian ground hornbill to me, but Fat Abby isn’t a very tacticool name. 



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Quoted from Facebook "It looks like if you rub it for a few minutes the plane will start shaking violently and dump fuel everywhere."

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