Cannon holding aircraft ceremony

CNJ staff

Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Command.

Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it 15 to 20 percent faster than previous C-130J’s.

The aircraft will be delivered from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga.

The event is not open to the public.