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For those of you that keep up with this sort of thing, word got out awhile back that the C-130 that accompanies the BA's on tour was being retired. So this news is being well-received.

In basic comparison, the J model has stronger engines with 6-bladed props (vs 4) and an additional 100" of fuselage.

"The “new” C-130J is actually a divested UK aircraft and was chosen because of the major cost savings. According to the statement provided by NAVAIR “cost savings associated with acquisition of the used aircraft and other airworthiness requirements is approximately $50 million less than the cost of a new aircraft.”