Final Ohio ANG C-130H departs

Operations with the C-130H Hercules by the US Air Force/Ohio Air National Guard’s (ANG’s) 179th Airlift Wing/164th Airlift Squadron at Mansfield Lahm ANGB, Ohio, have finally drawn to a close.

The last aircraft with the unit, serial number 88-4401, departed from Mansfield on July 7. It is destined to become a static display exhibit at the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio. Earlier this year, as C-130H operations wound down, the unit performed a final ceremonial formation flight with two Hercules on April 23. The sortie was part of a private ceremony involving associated personnel, family and friends to pay tribute to the unit’s history before it enters a new era undertaking a non-aviation-based mission.

Final Ohio ANG C-130H departs
US Air Force/Ohio Air National Guard C-130H Hercules 88-4401 from the 179th Airlift Wing/164th Airlift Squadron departs from Mansfield Lahm ANGB, Ohio, for the final time on July 7. This was the last aircraft with the unit and will be preserved at the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio US ANG/Master Sgt Joe Harwood

Henceforth, the unit will become the country’s first ANG Cyber Wing as it transitions from flying the C-130H to a new mission assigned to Air Combat Command. The Hercules had served with the Ohio ANG since 1976, when the C-130B variant replaced F-100D/F Super Sabres. The older model Hercules were replaced in 1991 by C-130Hs, which in turn were replaced by C-27J Spartans in 2010. The decision to retire that latter from USAF service led to the unit re-equipping once again with the C-130H in 2013, which it continued to operate until earlier this year.