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C-13o receives new life at Pope Field.

A new aircraft recently arrived at Pope Field, N.C., but it didn't land on either runway 5 or 23. Rather, it arrived secured to the back of a tractor-trailer, minus a few noticeable parts such as its tail, engines and wings, but still ready to go to work.

Although its flying days are over, the fuselage of the C-130 will serve as a trainer for the aeromedical evacuation students at Pope.

The modified C-130 came from Dobbins Air Reserve Base Ga., with the tail and wings removed. However, virtually everything inside the aircraft remains untouched and in working order, said Tech. Sgt. Gary Taiclet, aeromedical evacuation examiner, Det. 1, 440th Operations Group, Aeromedical Evacuation Formal Training Unit, Pope Field.

The aircraft will be used by the aeromedical evacuation school that was created about a year ago at Pope. The school, which currently lasts 28 days but will soon be condensed to 24 days, trains Airmen on all facets of aeromedical evacuation.

Almost all aeromedical evacuation Airmen in the Reserve, National Guard and active-duty Air Force attend the school at Pope. The school already has one modified C-130 that it uses for training, but with the high number of classes going on, students often have to wait for time to train in the aircraft, Taiclet said, adding the days for both students and instructors often stretches well beyond 12 hours.

"We often have to rotate them through the aircraft," he said. "When one group is training, another is doing its pre-flight briefings, and we have to keep moving them back and forth. It can be inefficient at times. With this new aircraft we'll be able to have more accommodating schedules, which will make days shorter for both students and instructors." (Master Sgt. Steve Staedler, 440th Airlift Wing public affairs)

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Title Annotation:ROUND THE RESERVE
Publication:Citizen Airman
Date:Aug 1, 2012
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