RAAF finishes repaint of C-130J fleet

C-130J Hercules, A97-448, emerges from the Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Airport following the aircraft's repaint. (Defence)
C-130J A97-448 at Wagga Wagga Airport after being repainted. (Defence).

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has finished the repainting program of its fleet of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules airlifters.

The last C-130J to be repainted in the current two-tone dark grey scheme, A97-448, emerged from the Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Wagga Airport in mid-August, images released by Defence show.

The C-130J was first introduced into RAAF service in 1999 featuring a light grey camouflage scheme. The current two-tone dark grey scheme was introduced in 2007, reflecting the aircraft’s shifting focus to tactical airlift operations.

The 12 C-130Js are flown by 37 Squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond.

C-130J Hercules, A97-448, arrives at Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Airport ahead of the aircraft's repaint. (Defence)
A97-448 arrives at Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga ahead of its repaint. (Defence)
C-130J Hercules, A97-448, inside the Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Airport during the aircraft's repaint. (Defence)
Inside the Douglas Aerospace hangar. (Defence)
C-130J Hercules, A97-448, emerges from the Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Airport following the aircraft's repaint. (Defence)
A97-448 emerges from the Douglas Aerospace hangar. (Defence)
C-130J Hercules, A97-448, on the parking apron outside the Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Airport following the aircraft's repaint. (Defence)
A97-448 on the apron. (Defence)

Comments

  1. says

    Looks great! I still miss the Hercs in the all silver paint scheme from the old days. I must be showing my age as well๐Ÿ˜

  2. Bill says

    May be the RNZAF ought to paint their Fleet the same scheme ?

    Here’s hoping RZAF gets the C-130J to replace the C-130H

    Helen Clarke, will be talking the Singapore Air Force, forcing them to disband their Fighter Wings soon !

    After all she been carry out Agenda 21 and Common Purpose; working for the Bankers

    Time the Government put the “Force” back in The “Royal New Zealand Air Force” and bought some
    decent Fighter Aircraft……

  3. AVGEEK says

    All 12 are definitely not re-painted.

    Flying Colours Aviation in Townsville have done 4 (A97-440, A97-441, A97-442 & A97-447)

    Douglas Aersopace only painted one (A97-448)

    I’m no mathematician but that’s only 5, what’s happening with the other 7?

  4. Jason says

    AVGEEK – all C-130Js HAVE been repainted from their original light grey scheme they were delivered in.

  5. Philip Hannaford says

    Paul,
    I hope you can get to Okahea to photo those Vipers buzzing the landscape?
    A great warm-up and shake-down before the F15SGs transit in the not-too-distant future.

  6. PAUL says

    @ Paul nice @ Phil yes hope we can get some good pics or video footage. There’s some good footage of them on You tube from Pitch Black recently whci I was checking out this morning over a cuppa

  7. Steven says

    @Avgeek actually ALL 12 have been repainted. Not sure what ‘facts’ you are using but Douglas aerospace just repainted the last of the original fleet – per-say ALL painted.

    Look forward to seeing many more in my home town and training base!

  8. AVGEEK says

    My mistake, I though they meant they’ve repainted all 12 recently (including the ones that were painted since 2006-2008).

    So there’s 5 freshly painted, and 7 that are almost a decade old? Surely the other seven would be coming up for repaint as well?

  9. Christopher says

    Paul,

    Very exciting news for our Kiwi brothers…F-16’s & possibly F-15’s, jet fighters within your airspace once again! The awe inspiring sounds & the smile on everyone’s faces have been sorely missed…
    Me thinks even the sheep will enjoy the spectacle!! It might put them under a little bit of stress & start producing high quality wool! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ›ฉ๐Ÿ›ฉ๐Ÿ›ฉ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  10. ESLowe says

    Interesting…but just wondering. I imagine the 130J is about 2/3 of the way of it’s active life. Will the Air Force replace them with the Atlas a400 when the time comes?

  11. Raymond says

    ESLowe, if anyone knows the answer to your question, then they likely know more than anyone in the RAAF does at this stage…

  12. Brian says

    The only replacement for a C-130 is another C-130. The A400 is half way between a C-130 and a C-17 in size. That would leave a large capability gap between C27J and A400. Personally, I doubt the A400 would ever see RAAF service.