In Praise of The Turbo Prop

Sunday 24th March 2019 at 14.30hrs:

‘In Praise of the Turbo Prop’ RAF Hercules C130K operations

by Patrick Fitzgerald

The Lockheed Hercules C130 is often described as the RAF’s ubiquitous workhorse.

Following an extended apprenticeship at Automotive Products, Pat joined the Royal Air Force in 1970 under the Graduate Entry scheme. Despite some early ambitions to fly the Strike Attack Buccaneer, he qualified for the Tactical Transport Fleet at Lyneham engaged on C130K world wide operations.

In all Pat served 5 full tours at RAF Lyneham on the Hercules, with 36, 47 and LXX Sqns, also instructing on 242 OCU becoming OC Low Level Tactical Training and finally as OC Standards & Evaluation (Command Examiner & CFS Agent).

With the benefit of personal experience, this talk describes the early development of the Hercules and progresses to its operation in ‘Hot & High’ regions and the challenging environment during ‘Operation Bushel’ – Famine Relief Ethiopia 1985.

Admission to talk: £5.00 per person

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