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Arrival of the PAF’s first heavies
« on: March 04, 2019, 11:22:02 PM »
From the Francis Neri files

PAF HISTORY BIT: ARRIVAL OF THE PAF’S FIRST TRANSPORT “HEAVIES”...  The Philippine government ordered from Lockheed Georgia Company four L-100-20 transport aircraft (larger/ stretched version of the C-130) and the first of these platforms arrived on 14 April 1973 and was turned over to the Philippine Air Force (PAF)...  The transports were flown into the country by the first Filipino pilots qualified to fly the aircraft: LTC CESAR I GO, MAJOR LEO L OLEGARIO, MAJOR PIONONO D APARRI and MAJOR MANUEL R ESTRADA with CAPTAIN VIRGILIO MOZO and CAPTAIN GUILLERMO CUNANAN as flight engineers...

Though the L-100-20s were technically not owned by the PAF, but by the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC)... The transports were bought through a development loan from an American bank and the PAF was obligated to use them for specific missions and also to airlift Philippine currency which were then being printed at New Castle-Upon-Tyne, England...

The PAF had wanted to purchase the C-130 but the request was turned down by JUSMAG as the Americans wanted the Filipinos to settle for the C-119K instead (during that time Taiwan was removing their C-119Ks from service)...  A PAF team went to Taiwan to inspect the C-119Ks and found them undesirable and thus insisted on the acquisition of the C-130 but the Americans were adamant... A compromise was reached and the C-123K Providers were agreed upon instead...

With the PAF operating the L-100-20 and C-123K transports, the 220th Heavy Airlift Wing was activated on 01 June 1973... The PAF finally had its wish granted when the C-130 was finally released for service, the first Hercules arrived on March 1977 and within that year all three ordered transports were operated by the Air Force...

(Reference: PAF Historical records)