The New York Air Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing flew a ski-equipped LC-130 outfitted with extra highly effective engines for the primary time throughout a check flight at Stratton Air Nationwide Guard Base, October eleventh. An aircrew of seven airmen performed a check flight of an LC-130, geared up with new NP2000 T56-A-15A turbo-prop 3.5 upgrades. A turboprop is a hybrid engine that gives jet thrust and likewise drives a propeller. It’s principally much like a turbojet besides that an added turbine, rearward of the combustion chamber, works by means of a shaft and speed-reducing gears to show a propeller on the entrance of the engine. The brand new engine upgrades construct upon the earlier enhancements of the NP2000 propellers, absolutely built-in into the fleet again in 2019, the NP200 propellers have eight blades as a substitute of the 4 on the legacy engines.

“These new engines can be a recreation changer for the unit. Mixed with the LC-130H’s NP2000 eight bladed propellors, this 3.5 engine is the ending piece to the NP2000 system; modernizing the 109th’s fleet right into a extra highly effective polar airlift drive” stated Grasp Sgt. Christopher Dumond, a flight engineer with the 109th.
“The facility in these new upgrades is obvious within the seat. The distinction is one thing we undoubtedly have to regulate for however, it improves our capabilities and makes us more practical,” stated Main Patrick Newton, a pilot with the 109th.
“The engine consists of an upgraded compressor and improved generators and people permit for lots of enhancements and value financial savings in each the upkeep and operations worlds,” Senior Grasp Sgt. Jared Nardi, the senior enlisted chief of the 109th Airlift Wing’s upkeep propulsion part.


Grasp Sgt. Christopher Dumond, a flight engineer within the 109th Airlift Wing’s 139th Airlift Squdron, conducts preflight upkeep checks on an LC-130H Ski Outfitted plane; outiftted with newly overhauled NP2000 T56-15A (3.5 modified) engines. The flight exams the capabilites of the brand new engines.(Photograph by Tech. Sgt. Jamie Spaulding/109th Air Wing/Public affairs)

As a result of the 109th Airlift Wing operates the Division of Protection’s solely ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules plane, the wing deploys yearly to the chilly and austere environments of Greenland and Antarctica in assist of the Nationwide Science Basis (NSF). These high-tech propellers enhance torque for speed up takeoffs on ice and snow, and streamline upkeep necessities. The wing supplies heavy airlift and transport to the NSF in each of those areas. Sometimes, the skibirds have bother taking off from icy surfaces of those areas of operation, resulting from heavy cargo hundreds or friction lock underneath the skis. Beforehand, jet-assisted takeoff (JATO) bottles have been connected to the plane and used to create additional thrust to get the skibirds off the snow or ice and into the air. JATO manufacturing, nevertheless, resulted in 1991. Upgraded engines, and their capabilities, will fill that void.

The upgrades additionally provide a myriad of advantages and enhancements to upkeep and operations personnel, starting from elevated gas effectivity to precise cash saved on man hours and upkeep prices. The way forward for this system may have the wing overhauling the engine methods of an extra 4 plane by their subsequent flying season in Greenland in April of 2023, and the whole fleet by the next Operation Deep Freeze deployment of 2023 and 2024. The 109th’s LC-130 Hercules is the biggest ski-equipped plane on the earth, able to touchdown on ice and snow in polar environments. As the one unit to fly the LC-130H, the 109th continues to supply airlift assist to the Nationwide Science basis in Antarctica and Greenland. At present all LC-130 plane are operated by the New York Air Nationwide Guard and are based mostly on the Air Nationwide Guard’s facility at Schenectady County Airport. There are two variations. Seven plane are LC-130H-2.