Modification Program Adds Glass Capabilities To Stalwart
Boeing disclosed this week it successfully completed the first
test flight of the US Air Force's third C-130 Avionics
Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft on January 17, three weeks
ahead of schedule. The flight marked another milestone for the most
comprehensive C-130 avionics modification ever conducted.
The H3 aircraft accomplished both functional check flight and
acceptance check flight tests. Boeing test pilot Mike Leone
conducted the two-hour flight from the Boeing facility in San
"The joint effort between Boeing and our Air Force customer
continues to enable the C-130 program to reach critical milestones
ahead of schedule and under cost," said Mark Angelo, Boeing C-130
AMP program manager. "We are proud to continue to provide the Air
Force with a modern tactical airlift platform."
Boeing completed the major modification and upgrade package on
H3 about 13 percent faster than the upgrade to H2.5. H3 will soon
join aircraft H2 and H2.5 in the flight test program, which is 81
The Air Force and Boeing signed a contract on Sept. 30 for the
first two Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) AMP kits. Boeing plans
to provide a total of 26 kits, engineering services, training and
logistics support during LRIP. The company will also install
production kits on 11 of the C-130 aircraft.