Research focuses on giving new life to older C-130 planes

Associated Press


A decommissioned C-130 Hercules Air Force cargo plane has been delivered to the University of Dayton for research on cost-effective ways to keep older C-130s flying.

The plane recently arrived in Dayton in sections on flatbed trucks.

University of Dayton Research Institute and Air Force researchers will test and demonstrate new technologies on the plane, once it’s assembled.

An institute spokeswoman said manufacturers don’t make parts for older planes and there often isn’t information on parts or structures that need replacing. Researchers can scan an older aircraft and 3-D print a replacement part using computer-assisted design files.

UD poured a concrete pad to bear the 40-ton plane, which has a wing span of more than 130 feet.

The Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna Township maintains an older fleet of C-130s.

The research is expected to last 18 to 24 months.

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