A Herculean farewell

C-130H Hercules aircraft have made a commemorative flight over the Sydney CBD and the Blue Mountains as the RAAF has announced it will soon be decommissioning the H model.

Since the government bought 12 of the planes in 1978, they have come under fire in the Middle East, flown peacekeeping missions to Cambodia and East Timor, transported victims of the Bali bombings and run relief missions across south-east Asia. But now the workhorse of the air force is going on a farewell tour before being phased out.

On Friday, the planes will fly over several NSW towns, including Lake Cargelligo, Walcha and Gilgandra.

Four of the planes are being given to Indonesia, another six will be made available for sale. The remaining two will be displayed and used for training.

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