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Another cool thing: before take off the co-pilot sticks aspecial flash card into a slot next to his right arm rest. This records allaspects of the aircraft’s performance throughout a sortie, and the datagathered later helps maintenance crews quickly identify issues. The pilot toldme that he used to fly the ubiquitous H model. The J, he said, requires threecrew as opposed to five for the H, and is still easier to fly and operate.
I had the opportunity to sit in the co-pilot’s seat for a fewmoments. The pilot was still very much in control of the aircraft, but it wasinteresting to see how clear everything looked through the heads up display -and this with intense glare off the desert and
Aside from its ability to entertain journalists, the C-130series has been a huge sales winner for Lockheed. In the form of various variantsit has been flying for over half a century, and production of its latestvariant, the C-130J, will continue for some years. 15 countries have bought it.In the Asia Pacific C-130J users include