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The US Air Force is decommissioning most of the C-130H aircraft due to problems with propellers

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The US Air Force is decommissioning most of the C-130H aircraft due to problems with propellers

The US Air Force is withdrawing most of its C-130 Hercules aircraft from service due to propeller problems. Cracks were found in their cylinders.


This was reported in the American magazine Defense News.

The US Air Mobility Command (AMC) has confirmed that the majority of the US Air Force's C-130H fleet, which at the beginning of fiscal year 2022 (started in October 2021) totaled 128 units, cannot fly. And it is not clear how long it will take to replace all the failed propeller assemblies.

AMC said 116 C-130Hs were taken out of service on Tuesday amid concerns that their propeller assemblies were faulty. Checks scheduled for the coming days will show how many of them are damaged.

In a statement to Defense News, Air Mobility Command said a maintenance crew at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Facility in Georgia discovered a malfunction in the C-130H's propeller during an engine test run. This happened after he went through maintenance. Further checks showed that two more propeller assemblies had the same problem.


This is the second time in the past three years that a significant number of C-130Hs have been taken out of service due to propeller problems. In February 2019, the US Air Force stopped using 60 of these aircraft for several weeks, which at that time amounted to almost a third of the fleet. The command was afraid that the blades of propellers produced before 1971 could crack, so they were replaced.
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  1. Ryaruav
    Ryaruav 1 October 2022 19: 26
    +7
    maybe it’s still correct not in the screw cylinders, but in the cavities of the screws
    1. Cat Alexandrovich
      Cat Alexandrovich 1 October 2022 19: 42
      +4
      There are probably cylinders in the screws, if VO writes so.
      1. Ryaruav
        Ryaruav 1 October 2022 20: 55
        +2
        Andrey, I understood you, you meant the reverse hydraulics of the vrsh
  2. cold wind
    cold wind 1 October 2022 19: 34
    +1
    C-130H is an old aircraft, it is being replaced by C-130J. In principle, they may not be returned to operation.
    1. Fizik13
      Fizik13 1 October 2022 21: 12
      +3
      Quote from cold wind
      C-130H is an old aircraft, it is being replaced by C-130J. In principle, they may not be returned to operation.

      The C-130H will be overhauled to become the C-130J.
      As a rule, the glider itself is intact without any serious violations.
      During the overhaul of such aircraft at the enterprise, they strip it to the bare, remove everything: the inner skin, wires, engines, electronics .... Then they put new engines, electronics, wires, they can even put new wings with a different profile.
      1. cold wind
        cold wind 1 October 2022 21: 27
        +2
        Quote from Fizik13
        The C-130H will be overhauled to become the C-130J.

        No, It is Immpossible. The aircraft are too different, the C-130J is a new aircraft only similar to the C-130H.
      2. UAZ 452
        UAZ 452 2 October 2022 07: 40
        -1
        And such a repair will definitely cost less than building a new side, if the predicted resource of a new and repaired aircraft is taken into account in the equation?
        1. Sergey3
          Sergey3 2 October 2022 08: 49
          +2
          As the saying goes, greedy pays twice. They tried to prove this very many times to officials ordering a major overhaul, but they are more stubborn than any maniacs put together, repair and that's it. And then the grass will not grow ...
    2. orionvitt
      orionvitt 3 October 2022 16: 23
      0
      Quote from cold wind
      In principle, they may not be returned to operation.

      Shouldn't the screws be replaced? If I have a tire puncture on my car, then I don’t put it in the garage, but change the wheel. So there is something else, and the screws, it is, an excuse.
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  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty 1 October 2022 19: 41
    +4
    That is, is it a problem to make new screws? ??
  5. Kelevra
    Kelevra 1 October 2022 19: 41
    +6
    "Cracks found in propeller cylinders." What kind of dude wrote this?
    "propeller" - only happens with Carlson.
    1. Cat Alexandrovich
      Cat Alexandrovich 1 October 2022 19: 46
      +2
      Duc, after all, woodpeckers, it seems, do not know how to write. They are illiterate! lol
      1. Boycott
        Boycott 1 October 2022 20: 10
        +6
        But they can knock on the keys, and illiteracy is not a hindrance to them. smile
      2. BedMax
        BedMax 1 October 2022 20: 16
        +2
        They hit the glass with Morse code, and the journalist writes ..
    2. DymOk_v_dYmke
      DymOk_v_dYmke 1 October 2022 21: 57
      +1
      So the Carlsons overstrained themselves by dragging "gifts" into 404.
      1. Asad
        Asad 2 October 2022 06: 33
        +1
        They were created for this, but such volumes of traffic really deplete resources.
  6. free
    free 1 October 2022 19: 49
    +2
    propeller blades produced before 1971
    Hercules is their workhorse of military transport aviation, and if the propellers are over 50 years old, nothing surprising. As of January 22, 2021, 327 C-130 military aircraft were lost (3466 people died) and 48 L-100 civil modification aircraft (264 people died). The plane is interesting especially the modification of the flying battery. They say we are developing on the basis of the An-12 transporter (also a turboprop) with 57 mm caliber guns
    1. Lara Croft
      Lara Croft 1 October 2022 22: 54
      0
      Quote: Free
      Hercules is their workhorse of military transport aviation

      This is the workhorse of all NATO countries and US allies in the Asia-Pacific region and Australia and Oceania ...
    2. UAZ 452
      UAZ 452 2 October 2022 07: 46
      +1
      A flying battery is a pvoshnik’s dream, it can only be used against barmaley, who don’t even have MANPADS. And after Ukraine, any barmaley who is not completely poor will be able to afford a shaitan pipe, not even for a very expensive one. And with the massive introduction of loitering ammunition drones, a flying battery with guns becomes useless and redundant - it would be much more logical to convert it into a uterus for drones.
  7. AdAstra
    AdAstra 1 October 2022 20: 14
    -2
    We would have their problems. """""
  8. ODERVIT
    ODERVIT 1 October 2022 20: 21
    +2
    It turns out that the TVD has a propeller. What a news.
  9. Bad_gr
    Bad_gr 1 October 2022 20: 52
    +2
    In the photo of the C-130, aircraft with 4-bladed propellers often flash, and there are also 6-bladed ones. What problems?
    1. cold wind
      cold wind 1 October 2022 20: 55
      +4
      With 4 blades - C-130H
      With 6 blades - C-130J
      1. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 1 October 2022 21: 59
        +1
        Quote from cold wind
        With 4 blades - C-130H
        With 6 blades - C-130J

        Thanks for the information.
    2. Sebastian Aristarkhovich Pereira
      Sebastian Aristarkhovich Pereira 1 October 2022 20: 57
      +3
      do we care?! Or is this exactly the Achilles heel of the US Air Force?!
      1. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 1 October 2022 22: 06
        +2
        Quote: Sebastian Aristarkhovich Pereira
        do we care?!
        And I'm just wondering with what screws jambs. Judging by the letters of the alphabet, the problem is with the old, 4-blade ones (and not the topics in the photo in the article).
  10. Sebastian Aristarkhovich Pereira
    Sebastian Aristarkhovich Pereira 1 October 2022 20: 56
    -2
    Well, what ... Hurrah ???
    Thanks Petrov, respect Boshirov!
  11. m.cempbell
    m.cempbell 1 October 2022 21: 04
    +1
    that their propeller assemblies are faulty.

    Maybe the nodes of their propellers? Or, like, the Word did not underline in red - not a mistake
  12. vovochkarzhevsky
    vovochkarzhevsky 1 October 2022 21: 22
    +1
    Planes don't have propellers, they have propellers.
    1. DymOk_v_dYmke
      DymOk_v_dYmke 1 October 2022 22: 05
      +3
      Quote: vovochkarzhevsky
      Planes don't have propellers, they have propellers.

      Wiki:
      Large planes move forward due to powerful engines that rotate the propeller. A rapidly rotating propeller throws out huge masses of air behind itself, providing the forward movement of the aircraft.


      PS And the wood splitter also has a screw. tongue
      1. vovochkarzhevsky
        vovochkarzhevsky 1 October 2022 22: 14
        0
        Sorry, but I didn’t study aerodynamics from Wikipedia. request
        1. Kuzmitsky
          1 October 2022 22: 44
          +5
          I think both are right.

          Indeed, pilots do not say "propeller", but say "propeller" or "propeller". Like, for example, truckers say "truck" and not "truck tractor." They see better.

          But still...

          The meaning of the word "propeller"
          PROPELLER, -a, m. A device that creates thrust in the form of several blades rotated by an engine; air propeller. Aircraft propeller.

          [Engl. propeller from lat. propellere - drive forward]

          Source (printed version): Dictionary of the Russian language: In 4 volumes / RAS, Institute of Linguistics. research; Ed. A. P. Evgenieva. - 4th ed., erased. — M.: Rus. lang.; Polygraphic resources, 1999

          PROPE'LLER, a, m. [from Latin. propello - I drive forward]. A device for propulsion of airplanes, airships, as well as gliders, snowmobiles, in the form of several blades rotating on an axis with a strongly curved surface.

          Source: “Explanatory Dictionary of the Russian Language” edited by D. N. Ushakov (1935-1940)

          In other words, the same thing can have different names. But professionals (pilots, drivers, etc.) categorically avoid using some of these names.

          Therefore, taking into account the specifics of the publication, which is read, among other things, by former or current pilots, aircraft designers, aircraft builders, for example, in the future I will avoid the word "propeller" in relation to an aircraft. Not because it is wrong, but simply out of respect for professionals.
          1. Kuzmitsky
            1 October 2022 22: 48
            +2
            And the news itself is good. Out of order American aircraft, which can transport goods, including military, including for Ukraine. And not two or three planes, but more than a hundred.
          2. vovochkarzhevsky
            vovochkarzhevsky 2 October 2022 10: 26
            +1
            Indeed, pilots do not say "propeller", but say "propeller" or "propeller". Like, for example, truckers say "truck" and not "truck tractor." They see better.


            Aerodynamics as an exact science requires clear terminology. And for the "propellers" in the first year, they immediately sculpted failures in the classroom.
          3. Maxim G
            Maxim G 2 October 2022 12: 14
            -1
            They used to say, during the Second World War and before it.
  13. Sadok
    Sadok 2 October 2022 10: 23
    -1
    what "cylinders" in the "propellers" ?! author, take a breath.