An MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, begins its takeoff roll.
The Combat Shadow flies single or multi-ship low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters conducting infiltration, exfiltration, and supply missions, with command and control capability in limited situations.The primary emphasis for Combat Shadows is on night operations, using NVGs to reduce probability of visual acquisition and intercept by airborne threats.In 2008 the Air Force announced that it would replace the MC-130P fleet with a new aircraft based on the C-130J airframe. Once upgraded with SOF modifications, the new aircraft will be called the MC-130J.
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Photo Source: US Air Force