The Royal Canadian Air Force formally accepted the 17th and final Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules in a ceremony that took place yesterday in Marietta, Georgia. The aircraft will be flown to 8 Wing Trenton, Ont., its home base, later this week.
"The delivery of the final CC-130J Hercules to the RCAF represents a significant milestone in the history of the RCAF," said Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Keiver, commanding officer, 436 Transport Squadron.
“The aircraft has already proven its worth around the world in places like Afghanistan and Libya, as well as here at home in Canada. Our partners at Lockheed Martin have delivered us an aircraft that more than lives up to the motto of 436 Squadron, Onus Portamus or ‘We Carry the Load’.”
“The C-130 Hercules has acquired many nicknames and affectionate titles over the years, but it is in Canada that the aircraft has earned a name that I think summarizes the true meaning of this aircraft – ‘Workhorse’,” said George Shultz, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of C-130 programs. “Today recognizes another great chapter in Canadian airlift history and in the continuation and expansion of the long and strong relationships with our industrial partners in Canada.”