As the MC-130H, noted for its “Talon Standard” slogan, makes its final flight before joining 17 other aircraft at the “Boneyard” and being replaced by the MC-130J Commando II, the U.S. Air Force Combat Talon community bids farewell to the MC-130H.
The U.S. Air Force Combat Talon community recently gathered at Hurlburt Field, Fla., to see MC-130H, Tail Number 89-0280, take off for the last time. The “Talon Standard” is an unofficial motto for MC-130H Combat Talon II crews, which means holding oneself and one’s crew to the highest standard, even on a terrible day. The MC-130H has supported combat and humanitarian operations, including Operation Allied Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The aircraft will join 17 other Combat Talon II aircraft at the “Boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where it will undergo regular anti-corrosion and other maintenance to preserve it. The MC-130J Commando II has officially replaced the Combat Talon II.