“50 years of Combat Talons Pacific AOR, MC-130H” Heritage Poster Art by – Squadron Posters!
50 years of Combat Talons Pacific AOR, MC-130H
50 years of Combat Talons Pacific AOR, MC-130H Heritage Poster Art.
In 1966, six aircrews and four MC-130E Combat Talon aircraft deployed from Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina to CCK Air Base, Taiwan, to support operations in Vietnam. This began the Combat Talon’s mission in the Pacific AOR. Now in 2016, the 1st Special Operations Squadron continues that mission operating the MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft. Since 1966 Combat Talons have had a constant presence in the Pacific. This heritage poster celebrates the rich 50 year history, even though the squadron designation has changed, the mission has remained the same, to provide specialized air mobility support to special operations forces in the Pacific. Anytime, Anyplace. “With the Guts to Try”.
The MC-130 is the basic designation for a family of special mission aircraft operated by the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), a wing of the Air Education and Training Command, and an AFSOC-gained wing of the Air Force Reserve Command. Based on the C-130 Hercules transport, their mission is the infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces, and the air refueling of (primarily) special operations helicopter and tilt-rotor aircraft.
Members of the family include the MC-130E Combat Talon I, MC-130H Combat Talon II, MC-130W Combat/Dragon Spear, MC-130P Combat Shadow, and MC-130J Commando II. A possible MC-130 variant, designated the XFC-130H, did not proceed beyond the development stage, but one of its aircraft became the YMC-130H test bed aircraft for the Combat Talon II. The Air Force is acquiring the new production MC-130J to replace the Combat Talons and Combat Shadows. A total of 37 MC-130J airframes are planned.
The MC-130E was the first Combat Talon and was developed to support clandestine special operations missions during the Vietnam War. Eighteen were created by modifying C-130E transports, and four lost through attrition, but the remainder served more than four decades after their initial modification.