Repairs finished for PAF C-130

By Rodney Jaleco, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Oct 19 2012 09:38 AM | Updated as of Oct 20 2012 01:27 AM

WASHINGTON - A Philippine Air Force C-130 cargo plane has returned to Manila after undergoing maintenance work at the British Aerospace facility in the Mojave, California.

Philippine Air Force C-130 "Hercules" being readied for the flight home after completing maintenance work in Mojave, California. (Photo by TSgt. Richard Oliva, Philippine Embassy)

The C-130 “Hercules” with tail number 4704 left for Manila last Wednesday, according to a press advisory from the Philippine Embassy here. It is one of only two PAF C-130s used for troop transport and heavy lift missions.

PAF aircraft have to be flown to the US for scheduled maintenance work. Recently, the PAF sent MG-520 “Defender” helicopter gunships to the US for mandatory overhaul of Allison turbine engines.

The crew consisted of Col. Jose Mirandilla Jr., Deputy Wing Commander of the 220th Airlift Wing and aircraft commander; Lt. Col. Ramil Oloroso, test pilot; Maj. Michael Edrik Encarnacion, pilot-in-command; and Capt. Dexter Danes and Capt. Merrito Quijano, co-pilots.

The other members of the crew were MSgt. Edgardo Llmada; MSgt. Ma. Majella Querubin; TSgt. Lucio Cosep; TSgt. Manuel Savadera; TSgt. Edgar Comoda; SSgt. Joel Magdadaro; SSgt. Romeo Tusil Jr.and SSgt. Susano Albaracin.

Col. Arnel Duco, Air Force Attaché at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., accompanied the aircraft home.