Monday, July 1, 2013
Air Force Acquires Two C-130 Hercules
The Air Force is getting a couple more C-130 Hercules transport planes, adding to its current fleet of two C-130H and one C-130B. FACh Gen. Jorge Rojas revealed the acquisition in an interview with La Tercera that covered a range of topics. However, he did not say the model or origin of the new Hercules. Gen. Rojas also said there are no immediate plans to acquire additional weapons systems. He also complained that in the past five or six years, many specialists such as hydraulics mechanics have left for jobs in the mining industry, causing a 27% reduction in specialized workers from 2011 to 2012. (The Army also is losing a lot of specialized personnel to mining companies.) For years, FACh has been losing pilots to high-paying airline jobs. That's a trend that started in the mid-1980s with a boom in aviation in Chile. But Gen. Rojas said the exodus has slowed, and having advanced warplanes has motivated pilots to continue their air force careers.