Photo Intermission – Obrigado, Portugal!

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Even though another one of my traditional Lučko Photo Reports is not long in coming, I’ve nevertheless felt it was time once again to conjure up a short photo intermission :). While I have only one shot worthy of mention available, it is nevertheless a notable one for the locals – despite that fact that the aircraft type it portrays is not really that rare a visitor anymore…

The machine in question is a Portuguese Air Force C-130H Hercules, coded 16802, which had on 5 June popped into Zagreb Intl (LDZA) laden with cargo. While this fact alone may not raise many an eyebrow, the cargo involved consisted solely of humanitarian and relief supplies intended for Eastern Croatia, which had been hit pretty hard in the May 2014 floods. Given that the Portuguese AF had decided on mobilizing one of its valuable transport assets – which is normally used to maintain a logistical air bridge to the Azores – and then flying it non-stop across most of Europe, the least I can do is feature said machine here and in my own way say obrigado, Portugal! 🙂

Smoking into RWY 05 like a proper Herc. Like most NATO assets, 16802 had recently lost its lush camouflage scheme, becoming yet another victim of "NATO grey". However, what was inside had counted, and in that respect the Herc had once again delivered!

Smoking into RWY 05 like a proper Herc. Like most NATO assets, 16802 had recently lost its lush camouflage scheme, becoming yet another victim of “NATO grey”. However, what was inside had counted, and in that respect the Herc had once again delivered!

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