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The mission of the HC-130P/N "King" is to rapidly deploy to austere airfields and denied territory in order to execute , all weather personnel recovery operations anytime, anywhere. King crews routinely perform high and low altitude personnel & equipment airdrops, infiltration/exfiltration of personnel, helicopter air-to-air refuelling, and forward area refuelling point missions.
When tasked, the aircraft also conducts humanitarian assistance operations, disaster response, security cooperation/aviation advisory, emergency aeromedical evacuation, casualty evacuation, non-combatant evacuation operations, and, during the Space Shuttle program, space flight support for NASA. The aircraft attending RIAT 2018 will be from the 39 Rescue Squadron based at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.