USAF Grounds Most of its Older C-130H Hercules Cargo Planes, Variants Written 3 October 2022


A C-130E Hercules from the 43rd Airlift Wing. | Credit: Tech. Sgt. Howard Blair; USAF; Wikipedia; Public Domain

Defense News reported that the US Air Force has “grounded most of its older C-130H Hercules cargo planes and variants due to a problem with their propeller barrels.” The unofficial Facebook page Air Force amn/nco/snco “posted a screenshot of a slide that said the propeller barrels in question had been installed in 100 C-130Hs, as well as the entire inventories of eight MC-130H Combat Talons, seven EC-130H Compass Calls, and one TC-130H.” In a statement to Defense News, Air Mobility Command (AMC) “said a maintenance crew at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia found a persistent leak coming from a C-130H propeller while test running the plane’s engine after it had undergone depot maintenance. That propeller assembly was removed and sent to the complex’s propeller shop, AMC said, where a technician found a crack in its barrel assembly.” AMC added that “further inspections found two more propeller assemblies had the same problem.”
Full Story (Defense News)