C-130 crews compete for bragging rights in the air

C-130s, Aug. 27, 2015
4 C-130s in the sky over the Youngstown Air Reserve Station as part of a "roundup" competition. Aug. 27, 2015

VIENNA TWP, Ohio (WKBN) – If you were anywhere near the Youngstown Air Reserve Station on Thursday, you may have seen more than the usual number of C-130 aircraft in the skies. It was a friendly competition among air crews from around the country, known as a “C-130 Roundup”.

Nine C-130s took off and dropped two different loads. The first load weighed the same as a humvee. The second one contained lighter cargo, simulating ammunition, clothes, and other supplies. The goal was to get them to land on target.

Major General Stayce Harris says, “We’re our nation’s defense. We’re here to protect and defend and serve and so these types of exercises allow us to remain mission ready.” The 910th Airlift Wing competed against air crews from Mansfield, the Connecticut Air National Guard and Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia.

Base Commander Colonel James Dignan says, “For Youngstown Air Reserve Station, it’s important to demonstrate that we have the capabilities, the air space, and the facilities to pull something like this off. And it’s a value to our nation and to the U.S. Air Force because we bring together these folks from around the country and other Air Force bases to practice their training.”

Colonel Dignan hopes this roundup could become an annual tradition.

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