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FARNBROOUGH: Marshall in double Dutch C-130 delivery

UK-based Marshall Aerospace has delivered the second of two C-130s it was commissioned to upgrade for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

The aircraft, G-781, first flew at the company's Cambridge facility on 29 April, and completed 12 test flights before its delivery on Thursday.

The first of the two C-130s, G-988, was delivered in January. Both aircraft are ex-US Navy and, when acquired by the Dutch, had last flown in 1991.

Royal Netherlands air force C-130

Derco Aerospace dismantled the aircraft and transported them from Tucson, Arizona, to Cambridge, where Marshall Aerospace restored them to C-130H build standard, fitting a glass cockpit and performing cabin upgrades.

The UK company will now equip the other Dutch C-130s - G-273 and G-275 - with upgraded avionics.

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