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MILITARY RAF C-130J HERCULES

Ian Harding visited 47 Squadron, the final unit in the Royal Air Force to operate the C-130 Hercules, and learned a lot about its tactical airlift capability

Aerial refuelling Herky style. 38 Group/Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force’s 47 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire has provided the backbone of the United Kingdom’s operational tactical airlift capability since the C-130J Hercules entered service in 1999. Tasked at the sharp end of enduring operations including Operations Telic, Herrick and now Shader throughout the last 20 years, the squadron has won many plaudits for its ‘can-do attitude’. Official recognition came on October 10, 2017, an announcement was made that 47 Squadron was the only Royal Air Force unit awarded the right to emblazon battle honours for both Iraq 2003-2011 (Operation Telic) and Libya 2011 (Operation Deference).

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