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C-130 Hercules Around Las Vegas
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Out and about in the desert and mountains around Las Vegas, military aircraft will fly over your head and intrude upon your solitude. However, learning to identify aircraft in flight adds an odd twist to enjoying the outdoors while hiking and birding around Las Vegas -- how many species and varieties can you identify?

C-130 Hercules are used for the tactical portion of airlift missions, that is, the last mile. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt airstrips and is the prime transport for dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft perform diverse roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, medevac missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service, and natural disaster relief missions. Modified as an AC-130 gunship, the aircraft is capable of close-air support, air interdiction, and force protection with devastating firepower. Modified as an C-130T, the aircraft can be used as a mid-air refueling tanker.

MC-130E, Combat Talon I
Nellis Air Show, Aviation Nation 2007
MC-130P, Combat Shadow
Nellis Air Show, Aviation Nation 2007
C-130 Refueling Tanker
ANG 61467
California Air National Guard, Channel Islands
C-130 Transports
Royal Norwegian Air Force
C-130 Hercules
Miramar, CA, tail code QB
AMC 53145
"The Rock" (Apr 2010); AMC 53145
FT, Pope AFB, NC; AF-65-986
US Coast Guard, Dunedin, Florida; USCG 1503
Belgian CH-11
Nellis Red Flag 11-2 (Jan 2011); Belgian CH-11
AFRC 8156 (Apr 2010)
AFRC 8156 (Apr 2010)
AFRC 23282
Flying Vikings, Air Force Reserve, Minnesota; AFRC 23282
AFRC 23284
Flying Vikings, Air Force Reserve, Minnesota; AFRC 23284
Belgian CH-07
Nellis Red Flag 11-2 (Jan 2011); Belgian CH-07
C-130 Transports

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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