Mar 14, 2013 8:21 PM by Andy Koen

Fleet expansion gives 302nd flexibility in fire season

COLORADO SPRINGS - The fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft under the command of 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base is growing. The National Defense Authorization Act enabled the acquisition of a used C-130 that had previously slated for retirement to be used as a backup. The addition means the wing will have more flexibility should they be called upon during wild fire season.

"An additional C-130 will add depth to our current aircraft inventory and will be beneficial especially when the wing is supporting concurrent taskings such as MAFFS, overseas deployments and training requirements," explained wing commander Col. Jay Pittman.

Since the C-130 is considered a backup aircraft, the 302nd will not be receiving extra money or personnel to staff the plane. It will be the thirteenth C-130 to join the fleet and is expected to arrive in Colorado Springs next year.

The 302nd is Colorado's only Air Force Reserve flying unit. There are approximately 1,300 reservists assigned to the wing, 200 of whom full-time employees with dual military/civilian status.



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