The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions. Factsheet | Video | Photos
The 123rd Airlift Wing is a Kentucky-based Air National Guard organization whose mission is to:
1) Provide highly combat-ready airlift, contingency response, special
operations, civil engineering, security, medical, logistical and other support forces to Combatant Commanders when called in support of United States national security objectives;
2) Protect life and property, and preserve peace, order, and public safety when called for during state and national crises; and
3) Participate in local, community-based programs that add value to
the community, state and nation.
The wing is equipped with eight C-130H model aircraft. Multiple groups, squadrons and flights carry out the unit's mission by providing administrative and logistical support, airlift operations, combat control, pararescue, contingency response, maintenance, supply, transportation, contracting, communications, civil engineering, personnel, base services, security forces and medical functions.