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Two C-130J Hercules touch down in Bundaberg

C-130J Hercules
C-130J Aircraft at Bundaberg Airport

Local plane spotters were treated to a show last week with two C-130J Hercules aircraft touching down in the region as part of the Talisman Sabre exercise.

The Royal Australian Airforce planes first flew in to Bundaberg Airport on Wednesday afternoon at around 3:30pm.

According to the RAAF, the C-130J Hercules is a medium-sized tactical air lifter which is used to deliver cargo to airfields and airdrop cargo and paratroops by parachute.

“The C-130J is an important air link for Australian Defence Force personnel overseas, with two aircraft deployed in the Middle East to provide assistance to medical treatment locations,” the RAAF website states.

“The Australian Defence Force relies extensively on the C-130J when deploying personnel and aid.”

The aircraft has been involved in nation-wide operations including the assisting in the 2011 Queensland floods, as well as other overseas operation including in the Philippines and Iraq.

About the C-130J Hercules

The RAAF state the C-130J Hercules has a wingspan of 40.4 metres and can carry up to 128 passengers or eight pallets of cargo.

It can work alongside other airlifters, including the C-27J Spartan and C-17A Globemaster, which also arrived atthe airport this week as part of Talisman Sabre.

The massive aircraft, which can carry up to 77 tonnes of cargo, flew into the region on Monday to deliver vehicles from Shoalwater Bay.

They were used by soldiers participating in the Talisman Sabre training exercise in and around Bundaberg throughout the week.

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