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Image: RAAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules at Avalon Airport; Ian Creek

They may have been late but the two retiring C130H Hercules were a sight to see over Sydney this morning.

The planes have been used since 1978 for tactical and strategic airlifts around the world for the Australian Defence Force, including in Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Timor.

They’re being retired mainly because it’s a smart economic decision, according to former Hercules pilot Air Vice Marshall (Ret.) Greg Evans.

“They’re 34 years old and aircraft have a definite economic life… but we’re living in fairly constrained economic times inside Defence at the moment”, he says.

Source: 702 ABC Sydney

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