Photographed last week in the United Kingdom where she is undergoing refurbishment and upgrades, NAF 918 can be expected to resume mainstream combat support operations with the Nigerian Air Force in the nearest future, further increasing the options available to the NAF at this critical stage in Nigeria’s War on Terror.
Nigeria took delivery of six regular-sized C130Hs in the 1970s (NAF 910-NAF 915) and three stretch C130-H30 planes (NAF 916-NAF 918) in the 1980s. With the crash of NAF 911 in 1992 at Ejigbo in Lagos, the Air Force were left with eight of these reliable airlift workhorses.
Of that number, five units are believed to be “low-mileage” assets with each not haven logged up more than 6,000-8,000 flight hours and are thus recoverable for long-term service.
When NAF 918 does resume service, anywhere between three and four C130H/C130-H30 would be incontrovertibly available for NAF service.