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PAF celebrates 50th C-130 overhaul


AFM’s World Air Forces Correspondent Alan Warnes reports that the Pakistan Air Force’s 130th Air Engineering Depot (AED) recently completed the overhaul of its 50th Hercules, C-130B 3536 built in 1958.  On March 15, the unit hosted a ceremony at PAF Base Nur Khan with Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, the PAF’s Chief of the Air Staff as the most prominent guest.

The aptly titled 130th AED is tasked with the maintenance of the PAF’s fleet of 16 C-130 Hercules, made up of five C-130Bs, ten C-130Es and a sole L-100 built initially for the civil market. Until 1993, the unit worked on the C-130s on an Inspect and Repair as Necessary (IRAN) basis, but this involved the Hercules being sent to different facilities around the world.

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