Former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett, left, helps unveil the "Trojan Warrior Spirit" C-130, designated by Maxwell's 908th Airlift Wing on Tuesday in Troy.
The United States Air Force Reserve showed off its “Trojan Warrior Spirit” Tuesday at the Troy Municipal Airport with the unveiling of a C-130 Hercules airplane with Troy University-related “nose art.”
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.”
“This is one of the most famous and venerable aircraft in the storied history of the Air Force,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development and a former command pilot. “We are certainly honored to have this aircraft at Troy Municipal Airport on the ramp with the opportunity to dedicate it as the Trojan Warrior Spirit.”
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 highlight the service of Vietnam War veterans during its upcoming Military Appreciation Day game on Saturday.
“My father was a Vietnam vet, and when he came back from Vietnam in late 1960s, military appreciation wasn’t something those veterans got to experience,” said Col. Don Richey, commander of the 908th Operations Group. “Things have gotten a lot better. For the University to recognize us for the contributions we’ve made is really fantastic, and we’re more than happy to provide any service we can, on and off the field.”
The festivities included remarks by TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. and Troy Mayor Jason Reeves.
“All my life, Troy University has had a special relationship with the Air Force, and this is representative of that,” Reeves said.
The Trojan Warrior Spirit C-130 will highlight pre-game festivities at The Vet on Saturday as it performs a flyover for Military Appreciation Day.