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Dyess, Little Rock conduct largest formation flight in C-130J history

Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing line up for takeoff during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020.

Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing line up for takeoff during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020. C-130J aircraft from the 317th AW and 19th AW from Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, conducted the largest formation flight of C-130J aircraft ever with 33 aircraft and completed airdrops at Dyess AFB and Big Bend, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing and 317th AW fly in formation during the Herk Nation Stampede, July 14, 2020.

Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing and 317th AW fly in formation during the Herk Nation Stampede, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.

Maintainers from the 19th Airlift Wing prepare a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th AW based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.

Maintainers from the 19th Airlift Wing prepare a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th AW based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.

Maintainers from the 19th Airlift Wing prepare a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th AW based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.

Airman 1st Class Edward Perez, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guidance and control specialist, and Airman 1st Class Ken Pleasants, 19th AMXS hydraulics specialist, prepare a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th AW based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.

A maintainer and loadmaster from the 19th Airlift Wing prepare a C-130J Super Hercules to taxi during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th AW based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.

Airman 1st Class Jayce Gibson, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to marshal a C-130J Super Hercules during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.

Airman 1st Class Jayce Gibson, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, watches a C-130J Super Hercules taxi during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Maintainers from the 19th Airlift Wing walk to prepare to marshal a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th AW based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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C-130J Super Hercules aircraft take part in an elephant walk before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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A C-130J Super Hercules from the 19th Airlift Wing taxis across the flightline during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th AW based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing take flight during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th AW based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Senior Airman Matt Madson, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Senior Airman Matt Madson, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Capt. Caleb Cole, 41st Airlift Squadron pilot, performs pre-flight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Airman 1st Class Tanner Howell, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, closes the ramp door on a C-130J Super Hercules before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Airman 1st Class Tanner Howell, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, performs pre-flight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Airman 1st Class Tanner Howell, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, performs pre-flight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Airman 1st Class Jayce Gibson, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to marshal a C-130J Super Hercules during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron perform pre-flight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Senior Airman Matt Madson, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing and 317th AW fly in formation during the Herk Nation Stampede, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Capt. Caleb Cole, 41st Airlift Squadron pilot, flys a C-130J Super Hercules in formation during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing and 317th AW fly in formation during the Herk Nation Stampede, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Capt. Caleb Cole, 41st Airlift Squadron pilot, pilots a C-130J Super Hercules in formation during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Airman 1st Class Tanner Howell, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, looks out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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C-130J Super Hercules aircraft taxi during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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A C-130J Super Hercules takes off during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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C-130J Super Hercules aircraft fly in formation during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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C-130J Super Hercules aircraft start their engines in preparation to taxi during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.
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Pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron perform pre-flight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Capt. Justin Harrington and Capt. Maddie Atkinson, 41st Airlift Squadron pilots, prepare for crew briefs before the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020.
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Capt. Justin Harrington and Capt. Maddie Atkinson, 41st Airlift Squadron pilots, prepare for crew briefs before the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Senior Airman Matt Madson, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020.
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Senior Airman Matt Madson, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over west Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A B-1B Lancer taxis down the flightline during a large scale exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020.
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A B-1B Lancer taxis down the flightline during a large scale exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020. During the exercise, the B-1B conducted dynamic targeting operations to clear out and protect the objective area prior to the arrival of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Porter)

Airman 1st Class Jordan Diehl, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, reviews C-130J Super Hercules aircraft technical orders during pre-flight operations at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020.
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Airman 1st Class Jordan Diehl, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, reviews C-130J Super Hercules aircraft technical orders during pre-flight operations at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020. Prior to takeoff, each aircraft took approximately eight hours of maintenance prep-work to ensure it was ready to launch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Meredith Mulvihill)

A view of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft belonging to the 317th Airlift Wing reflect in the window of the Air Traffic Control Tower at Dyess Air Force Base, July 14, 2020.
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A view of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft belonging to the 317th Airlift Wing reflect in the window of the Air Traffic Control Tower at Dyess Air Force Base, July 14, 2020. Maintenance Airmen prepared the aircraft for participation in a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over West Texas that included 33 aircraft from Dyess AFB and Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tory Patterson)

Airman 1st Class Jayce Gibson, 19th Aircraft Maintenance squadron crew chief, prepares to marshal a C-130J Super Hercules during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020.
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Airman 1st Class Jayce Gibson, 19th Aircraft Maintenance squadron crew chief, prepares to marshal a C-130J Super Hercules during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron perform pre-flight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020.
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Pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron perform pre-flight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules before takeoff during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and nine aircraft from the 19th AW based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Maintainers and aircrew from the 317th Airlift Wing prepare C-130J Super Hercules aircraft participating in a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020.
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Maintainers and aircrew from the 317th Airlift Wing prepare C-130J Super Hercules aircraft participating in a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020. The exercise, named the “Herk Nation Stampede,” featured the largest formation flight of C-130J aircraft in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Daniel Barnhorst)

Airman 1st Class Jayce Gibson, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, watches a C-130J Super Hercules taxi during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020.
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Airman 1st Class Jayce Gibson, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, watches a C-130J Super Hercules taxi during the Herk Nation Stampede at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, July 14, 2020. The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over west Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing takes off during a Joint Forcible Entry at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020.
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A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing takes off during a Joint Forcible Entry at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020. The exercise enabled Airmen from Dyess AFB and Little Rock AFB to demonstrate their ongoing readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Maj. Darshan Subramanian, 317th Airlift Wing pilot, scans the horizon for hazards during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise July 14, 2020, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
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Maj. Darshan Subramanian, 317th Airlift Wing pilot, scans the horizon for hazards during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise July 14, 2020, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The exercise, called the "Herk Nation Stampede," involved C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from both Dyess AFB and Little Rock AFB. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

Master Sgt. Lynzey Thornton, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, gathers cords after a simulated cargo drop during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise July 14, 2020, in Dyess AFB, Texas.
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Master Sgt. Lynzey Thornton, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, gathers cords after a simulated cargo drop during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise July 14, 2020, in Dyess AFB, Texas. The exercise, called the “Herk Nation Stampede,” involved 33 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from both Dyess AFB and Little Rock AFB. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

Casey Jones, 317th Operations Support Squadron drop zone and loading zone controller, ignites violet M18 Smoke Grenades in West Texas, July 14, 2020.
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Casey Jones, 317th Operations Support Squadron drop zone and loading zone controller, ignites violet M18 Smoke Grenades in West Texas, July 14, 2020. The grenade was used as a visual marker for the pilots to accurately drop bundles from the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Molignano)

Containerized Delivery System Bundles are dropped from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020.
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Containerized Delivery System Bundles are dropped from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 14, 2020. The exercise helped showcase the maintained readiness of the C-130J community despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Molignano)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.

In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at Dyess AFB and nine aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, besting the previous mark of 20 J-models set in 2013.

A B-1B Lancer from 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, joint terminal attack controllers from the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Hood, Texas and an Army helicopter from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood also participated in the exercise.

This training event validated Air Mobility Command’s mission to compete, deter and win…anyplace, anytime by demonstrating the ability to seize an airfield within a highly contested enemy environment.

Geographically separated planners from both the 317th AW and 19th AW, designed a mission to have C-130J aircraft take off from their respective bases, combine mid-air into a larger formation and fly to specific airdrop locations to simulate the forced entry of U.S. Army paratroopers.

The B-1B was integrated with the exercise planning, and executed a close air support mission with JTAC directed dynamic targeting to clear out and protect the drop zone objective area prior to the arrival of the C-130Js.

“We are the only nation in the world that can do what we call joint forcible entry … dropping 3,000 paratroopers and all their equipment at a time and place of our choosing, regardless of the threat,” said Col. Jeffery Menasco, 317th AW commander. “It’s a pretty amazing feat and our nation should be proud of its American Airmen.”

Moreover, the ability to launch almost every J-model assigned to Dyess and every available aircraft at Little Rock into the air on a single day relied heavily upon the efforts of both installation’s maintenance units — with initial planning and scheduling beginning weeks beforehand. Prior to takeoff, each aircraft took approximately eight hours of maintenance prep-work to make sure it was ready to launch.

“To launch the largest formation in the history of the C-130J in a safe and effective manner is a demonstration of our aggressive exercise culture and our ability to get after our nation’s priorities,” said Col. John Schutte, 19th AW commander. “Our Airmen know they’re making history here. This is an important moment, not only for Little Rock and Dyess, but for the entire C-130J community.”

Showcasing the 4/12 initiative

In addition to demonstrating mobility air forces ability to perform large-force employment and tactics, the historic inter-fly also served as a testament to the relationship forged between the airlift wings via the 4/12 deployment initiative.

The 4/12 has been a two-year project with the 19th Airlift Wing and 317th Airlift Wing working together to align the two wings under a full squadron deployment schedule, instead of having a portion of each C-130 unit always out the door.

The coordinated effort ensures each squadron rotates deployments for four months followed by 12 months of dwell time. While one squadron is fulfilling their rotational deployment, the other three will be focused on sharpening readiness allowing more time to train.

This directly supports AMC’s priority to recapitalize on existing capabilities to ensure delivery of strength and hope, now and in the future. 

“This initiative enables us to focus on our Airmen, our families and, with operations such as the ‘Herk Nation Stampede,’ what we call full spectrum readiness,” Menasco said. “With this emphasis on readiness, we can launch the fleet at a moment’s notice and show the world what we can do if we were to ever get into a great power conflict.”                

Thriving amidst COVID-19

The exercise also showcased that AMC’s agile combat airlift fleet of C-130Js have maintained readiness during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Together, the 19th AW and 317th are driving innovation at the leading edge of operational excellence. This inter-fly validated that the C-130 enterprise can not only survive, but thrive in a COVID-19 contaminated environment, Schutte said.  

“We’re demonstrating the ability to conduct distributed planning across two wings, in two different states, and then integrate mid-air at a historic level … all while operating under the threat posed by COVID-19,” Schutte said. “It’s an awe-inspiring achievement and one showcasing that these capabilities can be brought to bear not just in a domestic environment, but could easily be brought to bear against any opportunistic aggressor.”

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