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Podcast: Onboard a Hercules at Wings Over Illawarra

written by Robyn Tongol | November 30, 2021

The cockpit of a RAAF C-130J Hercules blends the near 70 year old design of the original with super modern tech (Defence)

This weekend’s Wings Over Illawarra was probably the biggest gathering of fans of flight in two years, as attendees bid goodbye to the retiring Classic Hornet and welcomed its replacement, the F-35.

Australian Aviation’s Adam Thorn was there to interview some of the key industry figures in attendance.

In this special episode, Adam records our podcast onboard a C-130 Hercules with one of its pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brendan Smith, who talks us through how this evergreen aircraft has adapted to the times.

Plus, we also speak to the Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems’ Greg Tyrell and working dogs handler, Leading Aircraftwoman Lowana McDougall.

Click here to listen on your device. 

The cargo compartment of the C130J can be used for a variety of functions. As discussed on the podcast, here it is being used to evacuate Australian residents from Kabul in Afghanistan earlier this year.  (Defence, SGT Glen McCarthy)

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