By Eames Yates
July 19, 2013
Moody Air Force Base, GA - Moody Air Force Base got an upgrade Friday in the form of this HC -130-J, which cost nearly eighty million dollars. It replaces a similar model that's nearly half a century old.
Captain Christy Wise of the United States Air Force said "our last planes are mostly 1960 models, 1962 and I would have to say my favorite thing about this new plane is the air conditioning! That old plane, especially out here in Georgia, it's hot, you're sweating the whole time."
But the HC-130-J can do a lot more than cool you down. Including refueling helicopters in total darkness and landing on dirt roads in war zones.
The plane is the first of nine which will be delivered over the next five years. All of them are built by Lockheed Martin here in Georgia. The total cost: nearly a billion dollars.
There were hundreds of people at Moody's delivery ceremony. One of them, Sergeant Sumner, is responsible for taking care of the plane... you could call it his baby.
Sumner said "I would say that but then my daughter would get upset. But yes, it is like my second child. I'm going to baby it and care for it like it's my own."