News | Oct. 3, 2022

From Flight Line to Museum Display

By Tactical Airlift Program Office

The Tactical Airlift Program Office coordinated the donation and delivery of a full-sized C-130 training cockpit to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

The cockpit, a Navy C-130 Communications/Navigation /Instrumentation (CNI) candidate training device was initially part of the Navy’s C-130T Avionics Obsolescence Upgrade program. Transferred to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, from Fort Worth, Texas, in 2012, it had served a number of demonstration and engineering purposes until it was stripped of all internal equipment, wrapped in white shrink-wrap and preserved awaiting modernization. In October 2021, the Navy restructured its C-130T upgrade program and the trainer cockpit was no longer required. Tactical Airlift Program Office team members obtained permission to donate the massive piece of equipment to the Patuxent River Air Museum and the item was towed to the museum on April 10 to begin its next adventure.

“It was quite a sight to see the cockpit roll down the taxiway and then out Gate 1,” said Zac Bongianino, C/KC-130T avionics integrated program team lead. “I hope that in the near future, aviation fans will get a chance to experience what it is like to sit in a C-130 cockpit when they visit the museum. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen.”