Armed Forces News

The Air Force has completed inspections of 113 C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, clearing 112 of them to fly again. The planes were pulled out of service Aug. 7, after inspections revealed “atypical cracks” on them, the service stated in an Aug. 21 press release.
The cracks were located in the plane’s “rainbow fittings,” situated under their lower center wing joints. Citing concerns for the safety of the airmen who operate and fly in them, Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander Gen. Maryanne Miller suspended operations for the planes in question. The action affected the availability of 123 aircraft in total. The 10 remaining aircraft that still are not flying will remain in depot until inspections on them are completed.