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PostPosted: 05 Jan 2020, 19:13 
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SAAF C-130BZ 403 made a refuelling stop at Bridgetown Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados on 17 December 2019.

https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9556709 and https://twitter.com/shad_holli/status/1213550557161504768?s=21

Given that the last time a SAAF C-130BZ landed in Barbados it was as a stop en route to Cuba to transport Op Thusano cargo, it's likely this is for the same purpose. (https://www.africandefence.net/destination-of-mystery-air-force-hercules-flight-revealed/)

Does anyone here have any further details?


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PostPosted: 06 Jan 2020, 17:55 
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I know that it came back with last stop St. Helena before Waterkloof.


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GLF4 wrote:
I know that it came back with last stop St. Helena before Waterkloof.

Thanks, that's what I had suspected but couldn't confirm. What was the date and time of the return leg?


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I'll try and find out out. Was around 30 December I think, but I'll confirm.


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PostPosted: 07 Jan 2020, 10:30 
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Thank you.


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What a nice photo. 403 looks in great condition :D :smt023


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Mistral wrote:
What a nice photo. 403 looks in great condition :D :smt023

Indeed. You would not believe that’s a 57 year old aeroplane at first glance!


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Staying with the theme, can anyone tell me what became of the ex-USA C-130's that the SAAF didn't incorporate into the fleet?


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Paul wrote:
Staying with the theme, can anyone tell me what became of the ex-USA C-130's that the SAAF didn't incorporate into the fleet?


They were scrapped/ cannibalised.


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Darren wrote:
Mistral wrote:
What a nice photo. 403 looks in great condition :D :smt023

Indeed. You would not believe that’s a 57 year old aeroplane at first glance!


Its ironic though that an aircraft used in the bush war is now being used to fly to Cuba.

Still a testament to Lockheed engineering.


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Mars wrote:
Paul wrote:
Staying with the theme, can anyone tell me what became of the ex-USA C-130's that the SAAF didn't incorporate into the fleet?


They were scrapped/ cannibalised.


Thank you.


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Pity how she's now ended up ….. :?


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Yes, very sad :cry:

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Darren wrote:
GLF4 wrote:
I know that it came back with last stop St. Helena before Waterkloof.

Thanks, that's what I had suspected but couldn't confirm. What was the date and time of the return leg?


27 December return leg from FHSH to FAWK. Arrived around mid afternoon.


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