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Does the Air Force use VT-35 as its advanced training for props?

bunk22

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I'm asking for someone else. An Air Force type who wants C-130's but not sure if everyone goes through Corpus for advanced props.
 

gotta_fly

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Air Force C-130 guys can also go through VT-31 in Corpus. Recently there have been guys getting C-130s out of T-1s as well, but from what I was told that's a less common route.
 

81montedriver

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That is correct. Once they get to Corpus they can usually give a preference as to which squadron they want. It's usually more between flying a newer plane or a glass cockpit but squadron availability tops all. Tell your friend if he/she wants C-130's shoot for Corpus and they will have the best odds.
 

FlyBoyd

Out to Pasture
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Yes, both VT-31 and 35 conduct USAF advanced for the C-130. If he is AD he could come here or go to T-1s but the T-1s are few and far between. The Guard guys seem to take those slots first. We don't get Guard down here I believe. I ask the studs when I remember to and in 2.5 years at VT-31 not one was a Guard bum.

VT-31 has a pecking order for the T-44C (glass) depending on fleet platform (i.e. USMC C-130Js) so a random USAF dude may not get the glass if loading becomes a factor.

Studs seem to want VT-35 so they can get the useless TC-12 type rating.

Having flown both planes recently and the T-1 back in the day, it is a toss up. Each plane and squadron has its pros and cons.
 

RedFive

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The Air Force guys here tell me that only the AF guys who go through Corpus can get the special ops type C-130s. If you do T-1s, I guess you can only get regular C-130s. I'm just regurgitating what a bunch of AF LTs said, so take that for what it's worth.
 

scoolbubba

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The Air Force guys here tell me that only the AF guys who go through Corpus can get the special ops type C-130s. If you do T-1s, I guess you can only get regular C-130s. I'm just regurgitating what a bunch of AF LTs said, so take that for what it's worth.
Bad gouge. I had a guard bum in my class, and 2 regular AD AF types. Both the AD bubs went to C-130s at Dyess. Nobody got gunships out of Hurlburt, but some guys were getting orders to Clovis NM to fly super secret Pilatus and Dehavillands.

Friends who tracked T-1s then 130s ended up all over, including H-Burt.
 
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