Coast Guard rescue planes get equipment upgrade

Good article by Jeff Hampton of The Virginian-Pilot

Already famous for dramatic rescues, the Coast Guard air station now boasts three C-130 aircraft upgraded with new infrared cameras and radar systems to better find distressed boaters on the dark ocean in the worst weather.

The last of the three HC-130J Super Hercules were delivered in May. On Wednesday, a ceremony marked the decommissioning of a temporary unit formed five years ago to integrate the HC-130J Super Hercules into flying rescue missions with trained pilots, a supply of spare parts and updated maintenance manuals.

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