- The airlift capability of the Philippine Air Force received a boost with the return to Manila on October 17 of a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft that was earlier sent to the United States for scheduled maintenance.
The aircraft underwent a P190-million maintenance program at the British Aerospace facility in Mojave, California.
The crew consisted of Col. Jose Mirandilla Jr., Deputy Wing Commander of the Philippine Air Force’s 220th Airlift Wing and aircraft commander; Lt. Col. Ramil Oloroso, test pilot; Maj. Michael Edrik Encarnacion, pilot-in-command; and Capt. Dexter Danes and Capt. Merrito Quijano, co-pilots.
The other members of the crew were MSgt. Edgardo Llmada; MSgt. Ma. Majella Querubin; TSgt. Lucio Cosep; TSgt. Manuel Savadera; TSgt. Edgar Comoda; SSgt. Joel Magdadaro; SSgt. Romeo Tusil Jr., and SSgt. Susano Albaracin. Col. Arnel Duco, Air Force Attaché at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. accompanied the aircraft home.