Seventh Yokota C-130J is First from Little Rock

US Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules 06-4633 ‘YJ’ touching down at Yokota Air Base, Japan, yesterday, November 1 on delivery to the 36th Airlift Squadron ‘Eagle Airlifters’ as its seventh aircraft. USAF/Yasuo Osakabe

RE-EQUIPMENT of the US Air Force/374th Airlift Wing’s 36th Airlift Squadron ‘Eagle Airlifters’ at Yokota Air Base, Japan, is continuing, with the arrival of two additional C-130J-30 Super Hercules over the last week.  The latest aircraft, the seventh to join the unit, was 06-4633 ‘YJ’ which landed at the base yesterday, November 1, after being delivered from its previous unit, the 19th AW/41st AS ‘Black Cats’ at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.  It was the first ex-Little Rock C-130J to arrive at Yokota as part of the redistribution of assets set in motion by Air Mobility Command.

Prior to this, the sixth aircraft for the unit, 08-3177 ‘YJ’, arrived at Yokota on October 25.  This was the first received from Dyess AFB, Texas, where it had been flown by the 317th Airlift Group/40th AS ‘Screaming Eagles’.  As previously reported on Warnsey’s World, the fifth C-130J-30 for Yokota had arrived on September 20 from Ramstein, Germany.   The aircraft are replacing older model C-130Hs, the last two of which left Yokota on October 16.