Natural Surface Landing Exercise
Pembrey Sands
August 5, 2019
Pembrey Sands Air Weapons Range

At 19:00 Lockheed C-130J Hercules (ZH884) made its first approach for a touch and go,

this was followed by four more before it landed at 12:30. Rolling out to the far end of the runway it then after a wide turning circle back-tracked the whole length of the runway. After holding for a number of minutes, assumed to be for a crew change, it took off to the north-west to return for another five touch and goes and another landing at 13:05. This time it only ran to just past the mid-point before turning around and back tracking. Again another delay and possible pilot change the take-off was followed by further five touch and goes. The third landing at 13:50, back track and take-off was followed by just another two touch and goes with a final landing at 14:10. This final take-off was followed by a fly past at 14:20 over the sand strip before it returned to Brize Norton.

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Lockheed C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) of 30 Squadron lifting from off Pembrey Sands.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879). The first approach at 19:00, followed by the first touch and go at 19:06.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879). The second (19:11) and third (19:15) approach for a landing just passed Pembrey's control tower.
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C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) touching down (19:20) for a full stop landing and 180 degree turn and take-off at 19:25.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) touching down (19:20) between the orange markers for a full stop landing and take-off at 19:25 in the opposite direction.
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C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) lifting off at 19:25 passed the three fire engines and ambulance in support.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) 6th, 7th and 8th landings at 19:31, 19:36 and 19:41.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) touch and go at 19:48.
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C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) landing at 19:53.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) landing at 19:53 and rolling out for a stop and change of crew.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) taking off in the opposite direction at 20:01.
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Touching down for the eleventh time at 20:14.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879). Touching down for the 11th time at 20:14.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879). Touching down for the 12th and 13th time at 20:18 and 20:23.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879). Lifting off after touch and go at 20:27.
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Left to right: C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879). 20:31 landing for another turn around for the final take-off at Lifting off after touch and go at 20:36.
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C-130J Hercules C.5 (ZH879) landing for the final time at 20:31.
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Left to right: The landing strip at the end of the day.