French C-130J rolls out

The first Super Hercules transport for the Armée de l’Air, 5836/’61-PO’, was rolled out at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Georgia, facility on October 20. France has ordered two C-130J-30s and two KC-130J tankers at a cost of $170 million. Deliveries are to be completed by 2020. The C-130s will fly, along with six similar German machines, as part of a joint Franco-German unit to be based at BA105 Evreux in France. The unit will be established in 2021 and be operational by 2024. David C Isby image Lockheed Martin