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Pic of the Day: Herks Over Japan

by John Reed on June 11, 2012

Blow up this photo and make it your computer’s wallpaper. Now. This amazing picture shows seven U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules flying past the 12,000-foot tall Mt. Fuji, Japan on June 5 during Operation Samurai Surge.

The Herk crews, belonging to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, were practicing their ability to get a bunch of C-130s aloft quickly to respond to an emergency requiring tactical airlift.


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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jon June 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Getting any of the variations of the 130 up in the air quickly is like trying to make a cinder block fly with a bottle rocket. Seemingly impossible until you strap enough rockets to those bad boys.


Technoweapon June 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Herks manage to get off the ground pretty quick. What are you talking about?


UAVgeek June 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

You've never seen a Herk with no cargo, the minimal crew (4 people if you cut to the bone) and a local fuel load take off. I've seen planes get hauled around like an A-10 in that config.


A. Nonymous June 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Link to full size photo:


Gene Hohman June 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thanks much better!!!


Rohan June 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Hhahhahhaaa..devasted Japan !!!!


tiger June 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Your sense of what is humorous is way off.


Lance June 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Cool Pic wish they had some of F-15s flying over Mt Fuji.


Ltkitty June 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Or perhaps some f-22s. If only we made exportable models…


MobileMarine June 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

Wish these C-130's were the new J model.


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