The military plane that crashed near Savannah Wednesday -- killing nine people -- was a C-130 Hercules from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard.(MORE: No confirmed survivors after military cargo plane crashes near Savannah)
The plane was built at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Cobb County, and we've learned the 60-year-old C-130 was on its last flight before it was to be retired.
All C-130’s were built at the Cobb County facility. If you live in Marietta, you probably see the planes flying overhead all the time. More than 2,500 of the massive cargo planes have been built here since 1954.
There are eight of them based at Dobbins Air Force Base, and the planes are made and tested at Lockheed Martin, just as they have been for decades.
"The C-130 is a very powerful, robust, stoutly built airplane. It is a very rugged airplane,” said aviation lawyer and pilot Alan Armstrong.
C-130's fly in more than a dozen countries and are widely considered the world's most proven workhorse.
"It's a flying dump truck. Whatever you can stuff in it, it will fly,” said Armstrong.
C-130’s landing at Dobbins Air Force Base is something that's part of everyday life. Armstrong says Wednesday’s crash likely won't change that.
“We lose them in the air show industry, we lose them in the military. If you have enough flying, you are going to have losses. That's part of flying," said Armstrong.
The nine victims of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard were on their way to Tuscon, Arizona, where the plane would have been retired.
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