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// APRIL 2018 #

Ohio ANG receives ex-Yokota C-130H

Above: C-130H 74-1666 ‘YJ’ is positioned in the Ohio ANG hangar at Mansfi eld prior to beginning an ISO inspection. USAF/Tech
Sgt Joe Harwood
THE OHIO Air National
Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing
(AW)/164th Airlift Squadron
(AS) at Mansfield-Lahm
Airport, Ohio, has recently
received C-130H 74-
‘YJ’/‘36 AS’. The aircraft
still carries the ‘YJ’ tail

code and markings from
its previous unit, the
374th AW/36th AS ‘Eagle
Airlifters’ at Yokota Air
Base, Japan. The latter
has re-equipped with the
newer C-130J-30, freeing
up its older C-130Hs for

distribution to other units.
Following its arrival at
Mansfield, 74-1666 was
moved into the Ohio ANG
hangar on February 8 to
begin an isochronal (ISO)
inspection prior to entering
service. At the same time the

aircraft will be painted with
the ‘Mansfield’ tail markings
worn by the 179th AW’s
Hercules. The aircraft is the
second former Yokota-based
C-130H to join the Ohio
ANG, following 74-1659,
which arrived last year.




Boeing on

Aeronautical Systems
(GA-ASI) announced
on February 12 that it is
to team with Boeing to
offer its MQ-25 Stingray
unmanned aerial refuelling
platform to the US Navy.
GA-ASI will collaborate
with Boeing Autonomous
Systems as it pitches its
offering in the MQ-
Stingray Unmanned
Carrier Aviation Air System
(UCAAS) competition.
Together with Boeing,
GA-ASI will be working
with Pratt & Whitney
(providing the PW
engine), UTC Aerospace
Systems (landing
gear), L3 Technologies
(communications), BAE
Systems (software,
including mission planning
and cybersecurity),
Rockwell Collins
(navigation systems,
and simulation) and
Fokker (undercarriage
and arrestor hook).
proposal is expected
to be based on the Sea
Avenger, a naval version of
its Avenger (Predator C).
“We are committed
to delivering the most
effective, affordable,
sustainable and adaptable
carrier-based aerial
refueling system at the
lowest technical and
schedule risk,” said
David R Alexander,
president of GA-ASI.

Bronco II enters US light attack market

Paramount Group has
launched its Advanced
Reconnaissance Light
Aircraft (AHRLAC) into the
US market as the Bronco
II. The company is aiming
to promote the aircraft
to the US military as a
potential light attack and

intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance
(ISR) platform. The two-
seat, pusher-propeller
Bronco II will be offered
to the US government by
Paramount and US-based
military aviation testing
and integration company
Fulcrum Concepts, which
will lead weapons and

systems integration.
Together with Paramount’s
US subsidiary, Paramount
Group USA, and AHRLAC
design authority Aerospace
Development Corporation
(ADC), the three companies
have formed Bronco
Combat Systems as
a US-based entity.
Paramount Group

International Chairman
Ivor Ichikowitz said: “[The
Bronco II] is unique in
that it has been designed
specifically as a light
attack and ISR platform
from the onset.
“This is not simply an
armed variant of a civilian
crop-duster or a modified
training aircraft.”

An artist’s impression of
the Bronco II in US Marine
Corps markings. BCS

Coast Guard HC-144As

leave NAS Corpus Christi

A NEW US Coast Guard
facility at Corpus Christi
International Airport, Texas
has begun transferring
aircraft from Naval Air
Station Corpus Christi
(NASCC), prior to the
USCG base closing. First
to transfer was the fixed-
wing fleet, comprising three
HC-144A Ocean Sentries,
which flew to their new
home on January 17.
The Coast Guard Air
Station Corpus Christi
MH-65 helicopters were
also due to make the move

to the International Airport
during February, ending
67 years of continuous
Coast Guard operations
at the navy base. An
opening ceremony was
planned to take place at
the new USCG facility in
March. Dave Allport
Right: HC-144 Ocean Sentry
2314, still wearing its ‘retro’
colour scheme, taxies out
from Hangar 41 and across
Ocean Drive at NAS Corpus
Christi to leave the base for
the fi nal time. US Navy/Jason
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