Photo of the Day: Oct. 22, 2012

(Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd, U.S. Air Force/DoD)

A C-130 Hercules with the 107th Airlift Wing fires off flares during a night formation training mission.  A flare is an aerial infrared countermeasure to counter and infrared homing (heat seeking) surface-to-air or air-to-air missile.With the Air Force intending on killing the C-27J program (aircraft seen below) the C-130 will face the responsibility of making up for the lift capacity lost.

The ongoing argument over the C-27J, with congressional players fighting to keep the aircraft as they are operated by the guard and provide a mission for their state guardsmen and the DoD insisting that it can’t afford the aircraft, the C-27J isn’t entirely settled yet.  But the Air Force continues to insist that the C-130 can pick up the load.  Advocates for the C-27J point to its ability to operate using shorter runways while opponents say that the C-130 can handle most of the airfields in use and the C-27J is a luxury.

Members of the 110th Airlift Wing after the first C27J Spartan flight out of Battle Creek Air National Guard Base Battle Creek, Mich., Oct. 17, 2010. Members flew in the aircraft as part of a demonstration of the C27J Spartan. (Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker/USAF)

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Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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