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From: Nancy Warren
Received: Nov. 28
As I read today’s Republic, my attention was drawn to the article “Loud airplanes lead to worries.” While I do understand how that can be, I also believe that such concerns are usually due to a lack of information and knowledge.
I’d like to offer some information that may alleviate the concerns.
The C-130, known as the Hercules, does make more noise than many aircraft, simply because of its four big 4300 hp Allison engines.
What the “Herc” and those engines do for us, however, often goes unheralded.
The C-130 has unique capabilities. It can operate from unpaved airstrips, transport paratroops and equipment into hostile areas, carry 64 litter (stretcher) patients, deliver humanitarian relief to areas devastated by earthquakes and other natural disasters and aid firefighters in battling forest fires.
The Lockheed C-130 has been in service to our country for over four decades, proving itself to be one of our most valuable and reliable aircraft — even today.
In order for the C-130 crews to maintain a high level of proficiency, it is necessary for them to conduct maneuvers at airports with the appropriate facilities. Those maneuvers are normally done at lower altitudes.
So, when you hear those thundering engines, look up and feel proud that Columbus Municipal Airport has been selected for the Herc’s operations. Offer your thanks to those crews; they are working for us.
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