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Scott Schonauer ©Stars and StripesIraq, November, 2007: A maintenance airman turns one of the propellers on a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft at Balad Air Base after a night mission. The C-130s were workhorses in Iraq, but heavy use, age and harsh desert conditions made it a challenge to keep them flying.

RELATED MATERIAL: Stars and Stripes' 2007 story about the C-130 maintainers at Balad.

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