The first of a new fleet of combat rescue tankers for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command left Lockheed Martin’s main assembly building in Marietta, Ga., on April 3. Now in the painting facility, the aircraft will soon enter production flight-testing. The newly configured aircraft will be formally presented to the Air Force on April 19 and delivered later this year. The HC-130J is due to meet an initial operating capability date in mid-2012. USAF’s Air Combat Command has ordered its ...

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