Nevada ANG training.

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Deepsky

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The NV. ANG put up all eight of its C-130H's for some kind of training. They took off in pairs, made two passes over RNO, some mid field breaks and then landed. I only caught them as Arrow flight, but others heard them as Arrow three one, flight of eight. They were very cool to watch and even the tower made a comment, "Job well done gentlemen, well done."
 

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Ori/ore

Sounds like somebody is having an ORI (Operational Readiness Inspection) or an
ORE (Operational Readiness Exercise). There will probably be alot more flying on Fri, Sat and Sun, along with some night sorties. That is about the only time you will see a unit
fly all their aircraft at once.

73, Rex
 

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I saw these on Tuesday night. It was VERY impressive to see tham all circle the airport in formation. There are a lot of military folks in Reno this week training.
 

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Great Pictures

Deepsky said:
Here is a link with some great pics of the planes.

http://www.aafo.com/hangartalk/showthread.php?t=6086&page=2
Great Pictures of the Herks on the ramp and taxiway readying for formation takeoff.
The picture by the newspaper is really good, this was obviously taken from the first aircraft, back on the cargo ramp. This formation is called "Viz-Tac" - Visual -Tactical
flying, basically "follow the leader" at about 750 to 1000 feet off the deck! The other 7 aircraft in this formation are following the lead at different altitudes and spread formation and AVOIDING any "propwash".
In all my years of flying this was probably the neatest and most fun since you are so close to the ground and can see everything. Most farmers and ranchers do not like to see these big ole bird down that low as it sends cows, horses, sheep, etc scattered in every different directions. Most aircrews really dig this type of flying, this is what the C-130 was made for!

Thanks for the thread, as this brought back lots of memories of flying in the "Herk"

73, Rex
Retired C-130 Crew Chief, 3,000 + flying hours.
C-130B, JC-130B, HC-130P, MC-130E, C-130E, C-130HIII
 
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