The same fractured propeller parts that prevented Air Mobility Command from allowing its fleet of C-130Hs to fly have grounded the MC-130H Combat Talon IIs utilized by Air Force Special Operations Command for infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces.
Speaking on behalf of AFSOC, Lt. Col. Rebecca Heyse told Air & Space Forces Magazine on October 6 that the MC-130Hs had been examined in accordance with the safety time compliance technical order (TCTO) issued by AMC. Heyse stated in a statement, “We are working with AMC to identify timescales on solutions. “With the help of additional aircraft, the Air Force has been able to limit operational disruptions.” At Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins, Georgia, a maintenance team found a leak coming from one of the propellers during a “post-depot operation engine run check,” which is when AMC first learned about the problem. A crack was discovered during a subsequent inspection of the propeller barrel assembly, and it was later determined that two further propeller components had the same problem.