TROY, Air Force Reserve to unveil Trojan Warrior Spirit C-130

A C130 Hercules from the U.S. Air Force Reserves's 908th Airlift Wing will be named the

A C130 Hercules from the U.S. Air Force Reserves's 908th Airlift Wing will be named the "Trojan Warrior Spirit" in a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

Troy University will get a lift from the United States Air Force Reserve Tuesday, Sept. 25 when a C-130 Hercules airplane will unveil its new “nose art” at the Troy Municipal Airport.

The 908th Airlift Wing, stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base, has added University-related artwork to one of its aircraft, designating it “The Trojan Warrior Spirit.”

The unveiling, which is open to the public, is set for 1:30 p.m. behind the main terminal building.

The C-130 is the longest continuously produced military aircraft at more than 60 years, and is used for tactical airlifts among other missions. It has been used as a gunship, for airborne assault, search and rescue, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol and firefighting.  The C-130 also played a prominent role in the Vietnam War, and Troy University will be highlighting the service of Vietnam War veterans during its upcoming Military Appreciation Day game on Saturday, Sept. 29th.

“We are pleased and excited to have one of the world’s greatest military aircraft displaying Troy University nose art naming it the “Trojan Warrior Spirit,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development and a former Air Force command pilot.

“This aircraft will fly missions all over the world and wherever it goes, people will see that it represents our University and our city,” he said.  “We want to thank the brave men and women of the 908th Airlift Wing for recognizing us with such an honor.  It’s another symbol of the close relationship and bond with our armed forces that Troy University holds sacred.”

The festivities will include remarks by TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. and Troy Mayor Jason Reeves, and a representative from the 908th Airlift Wing.

The Trojan Warrior Spirit C-130 will be available for tours immediately following the unveiling ceremony, and will highlight pre-game festivities at The Vet on Saturday, Sept. 29 as it performs a flyover for Military Appreciation Day.