Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Largest C-130J formation: Military training exercise breaks Guinness world record
POPE FIELD, N.C., USA -- Airmen from the Dyess's 317th Airlift Group set a world's record for the largest C-130J formation during a Joint Operational Access (JOAX) exercise; JOAX is a 12-day combined military training exercise designed to prepare Airmen and Soldiers to respond to worldwide crises and contingencies, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: A formation of C-130Js fly towards a drop zone during Joint Operational Access exercise above North Carolina. JOAX is a combined military training exercise designed to prepare Airmen and Soldiers to respond to worldwide crises and contingencies. While supporting the exercise, Dyess set the world record for the largest C-130J formation ever flown with 20 aircraft in a single formation. / U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Damon Kasberg (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Largest military air show was set by the annual Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK, which is the world's largest military air show in terms of participating aircraft. An average of 350 static and flying aircraft attend each year, with a record total of 535 aircraft at the 2003 show.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest collection of military models, which has 2,815 models and belongs to Francisco Sánchez Abril (Spain), in Cartagena, Spain.
"This was the largest JOAX since September 2011," said Maj. Josh Leibel, 317th AG. "Servicemembers from all across the Air Force and Army came together to make the exercise possible."
Dyess supported JOAX with 20 C-130Js and 87 aircrew members, which delivered Soldiers and equipment to multiple drop zones.
"During the exercise the 317th AG set a world record for the largest C-130J formation," Leibel said. "Just as impressive as the 20-ship formation, our aircrew delivered 2,426 paratroopers and more than 140 tons of equipment to support the Army's training."
Not only did Dyess support the exercise with aircrew and aircraft, servicemembers on the ground worked nonstop to ensure operations went smoothly.
While JOAX plays a vital role in keeping U.S. military members trained and proficient, it's increasingly difficult to financially support these exercises under sequestration. However, Dyess were able to work through these constraints.
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