The C-130 Hercules in Vietnam, 1971-72

The C-130 Hercules in Vietnam, 1971-72

11 Feb 2015



7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Located at: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Davis Auditorium

John Hopper, Lt.General, USAF, Retired, presents the origins of the famous C-130 Hercules and how it was used in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, as well as the transition to Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  The concept of tactical aviation will be covered, as well as how tactical resupply missions were planned and conducted.  Hopper, the first African-American graduate of the U. S. Air Force Academy to attain flag rank, served as a C-130 aircraft commander in South East Asia in 1971-1972 and  C-130 Wing Commander, Thumrait Air Base, Oman, during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Some of Hopper’s other U. S. Air Force areas of service include: Commander, 21st Air Force, Director of Operations for Air Mobility Command, Vice Director of Logistics for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Commandant of Cadets (Dean of Students) US Air Force Academy, Commander of the 89th Operations Group, Aircraft Commander for Air Force Two

John Hopper, Jr. is the current CEO of private, non-profit Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) in Alexandria, Virginia.  The Society provides emergency assistance, education grants and community support to Airmen around the world.

Hooper is the recipient of many awards an honors including:  the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Military Order of the Sword.

This free, public event honors Black History Month.  All ages are welcome.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.


Event Category:
Cost: Free Event; Free Parking Everyone Welcome
Organization: Aviation History Program ERAU


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