Air Force Reserve Command’s 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB, Miss., now has all eight of its new C-130J-30 airlifters, with the arrival last week of the final stretch version. The wing also has 10 WC-130Js, specially modified Hercules to conduct weather operations. The 403rd began converting to the newest Herk in October 1999.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.