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Have You Been Playing in the Sand?

A Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules, covered in desert dust from rough field operations climbs away from Nellis AFB Las Vegas Nevada on a Red Flag Mission.Red Flag may be well known for the fast jet activity but the jets aren’t the only ones that get to play.  The transports also get to have a role.  One of the exercises earlier this year included the U.K. RAF.  They brought along a C-130 Hercules.  I got to shoot it a couple of times.  One thing that was clear as the aircraft took off was that the bottom of the fuselage was very dirty.  I think it was safe to say that it had been landing on some rough strips somewhere out on the range.

Transport for the Hawgs

AE7I5174.jpgAll of the A-10s coming in for Hawgsmoke need some support.  There were C-17s and C-5s on the ramp during the exercise.  While we were out watching the jets arrive, a C-130J came in as well.  It landed and then turned to taxi right back passed us.  I don’t know for sure whether it was supporting the A-10s from a unit or it was just a coincidence that it arrived at that time on another mission but I figure that it is a strong chance that is why it was there.