McChord Air Museum was recently informed that it would not be
receiving C-130 s/n 63-7767, or any other C-130 for the next
few years. This disappointing news is due to an Air Mobility
Study investigating the state of the Air Forces mobility
forces. The aircraft, -7767, had been grounded for more than a
year due to wing box issues, will more than likely be on its
way to the Arizona "Boneyard" with other C-130 to be
held in reserve for potential use in the future.
2005, the museum was presented a list of C-130 aircraft close
to retirement; a few of those aircraft were C-130's that had
once flown at McChord with the 36th Tactical Airlift Squadron
"Eagle Airlifters" in the 70's and 80's, which is a
preference for the McChord Museum. Fortunately, former McChord
based C-130's are still in operational use in the USAF, and
will be available when the next C-130 is offered for display.