The U.K. RAF will retire the last of its Lockheed C-130K Hercules transport aircraft this week as it prepares for the entry into service of the Airbus A400M Atlas. The RAF has operated 66 C-130Ks, the first entering service in 1967. Since then, the type has supported almost every British military operation. The C-130K fleet has dwindled in size since the introduction of the modernized C-130J. The remaining 24 Js are expected to operate until around 2022.

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