Contact Us

ANG Public Affairs does not act as an operator service. They do not have the capability to redirect incoming calls to other offices. Please contact the base operator for these services. For a RECRUITER click HERE

Base Operator 301-981-1110

ANG Public Affairs
3500 Fetchet Avenue
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
(240) 612-9494

NGB Press Desk
703-601-6767

NGB Press Desk After-Hours
703-627-7273
ngbpa.oncall@mail.mil

NCANG C-130s Fly Their Last 8-Ship Formation

Eight C-130 aircraft taxi down the runway

Eight C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) taxi onto the runway of the Charlotte Douglas International airport, after performing a training mission doing airdrops and proficiency flying, Aug. 5, 2017. The C-130s were part of an eight-ship fleet bound for a tactical training mission involving airdrops over Stanly County airport and a flyover above uptown Charlotte.

8 C-130 Aircraft fly over North Carolina

Eight C-130H Hercules aircraft from the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International airport fly over Charlotte during a MAX flight, Aug. 5, 2017. The C-130s were part of an eight-ship fleet bound for a tactical training mission involving airdrops over Stanly County airport and a flyover above uptown Charlotte.

8 C-130 Aircraft on ramp

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nate Dennis, flight engineer for the 145th Airlift Squadron, conducts checklist procedures prior to take-off in a C-130H Hercules aircraft at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International airport, Aug. 5, 2017. The C-130s were part of an 8-ship fleet bound for a tactical training mission involving airdrops and a flyover above uptown Charlotte.

C-130 Aircraft fly above the city of Charlotte

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nate Dennis, flight engineer for the 145th Airlift Squadron, conducts checklist procedures prior to take-off in a C-130H Hercules aircraft at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International airport, Aug. 5, 2017. The C-130s were part of an 8-ship fleet bound for a tactical training mission involving airdrops and a flyover above uptown Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --
The “Queen City” looked as though it was holding its breath in awe as eight C-130 Hercules aircraft maneuvered their way towards the Charlotte Douglas International airport after flying their last max flight training mission over North Carolina, August 5, 2017.

“It’s bittersweet, we love the C-130 obviously, but moving forward we have to think about the future and the C-17 will get us there,” said U.S. Air Force Major Joshua Nemitz, a seven year veteran with the North Carolina Air National Guard and lead C-130 Hercules pilot for the exercise.

A max flight with C-130’s is when all the aircraft assigned to a unit start their engines and fly off in a synchronized manner and attempt simulated airdrops with sand bags. The North Carolina Air National Guard flew eight of the unit assigned aircraft in an “eight-ship” formation out to the 263rd Communications Squadron in Stanly County and completed the drops.

“We are closing a chapter on the C-130 mission and opening up a chapter on the C-17 mission,” said Col. Troy Gerock, 145th Airlift Wing Commander. “Between now and the end of the year, we will see these planes take off and not come back.”

The North Carolina Air National Guard will start a conversion this year from its tactical airlift mission requiring C-130 Hercules aircraft, which are equipped to carry large loads of cargo to remote locations and execute air drops, to a strategic airlift mission with C-17 Globemaster II aircraft that are much larger in size and geared towards heavy airdrops and cargo transport of items such as helicopters and Humvees.