Cool video shows rare formation of USAF MC-130Js flying through Mach Loop

Cool video shows formation of USAF MC-130Js flying through Mach Loop

By Dario Leone
Jun 1 2019
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“One circuit of the Mach Loop would have been nice but the MC-130Js did four Laps in total,” Dafydd Philips.

Filmed by our friend Dafydd Philips, the cool clip in this post features a formation of four 352d Special Operations Wing (SOW) MC-130Js during low level training in Mach Loop Low Flying Area 7 (LFA7), Wales.

“Waiting for a bus and then four come together was the only comparison here. Four United States Air Force MC-130Js from RAF Mildenhall Flew into Wales for some Low level tactical formation flying. One circuit of the Mach Loop would have been nice but these guys did four Laps in total. Not as fast and loud as what we’re used to but what a sight to behold!!,” explains Philips.

The 352d Special Operations Wing (SOW) based at RAF Mildenhall, England, is part of Air Force Special Operations Command. The wing has more than 1,100 Air Force members assigned, as well as personnel associated through Joint Special Operations Air Component-Europe and Detachment 2, 25th Intelligence Squadron. The wing is the only Air Force special operations unit in the European Theater.

The 67th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) operates the MC-130J Commando II to provide precise, reliable, flexible and responsive specialized air mobility. The 67 SOS provides worldwide special operations support in austere, hostile, denied and/or politically sensitive territory. The crews conduct single or multi-ship infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces via airdrop and airland operations, and conduct long-range refueling operations of Special Operations Forces assets.

Photo credit: Dafydd Philips


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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