RAAF Completes C-130J Repainting in Tactical Camouflage

RAAF C-130J-30 Hercules A97-448 at Wagga Airport on August 14 after being rolled out of the Douglas Aerospace paint shop in the new two-tone dark grey scheme. This was the last of the 12 RAAF C-130J-30s to be repainted in the scheme. Commonwealth of Australia/Sgt Michael Formosa

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN Air Force (RAAF) C-130J-30 Hercules A97-448 was rolled out of the Douglas Aerospace hangar at Wagga Airport, adjacent to RAAF Base Wagga, New South Wales, on August 14 after being resprayed in a new tactical camouflage scheme.  This was the last of the RAAF fleet of 12 C-130J-30s to undergo the repainting process, which had begun in 2007.

The fleet had previously all worn a light grey scheme since entering service in 1999, but the greater focus on tactical airlift operations led to the decision to repaint the aircraft in more suitable two-tone dark grey colours.  All of the RAAF’s C-130Js are flown by 37 Squadron as part of the Airlift Group’s 84 Wing, based at RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales.