The frequency of technical problems increases with the age of an aircraft, and the airplane I currently fly is 50 years old. One often needs a certain amount of ingenuity to avoid being stuck in an unpleasant place.
Despite all these technical problems which spice up our everyday routine, I feel very safe on the C130. This is mainly due to our good maintenance regime and our good training. Thunderstorms – "CBs" in pilot jargon – are what scare me the most. I have seen enormous thunderstorms in Africa, and, as a pilot, finding myself amidst such a storm is an experience I can definitely do without.
I have flown the training aircraft of the air force: Marchetti, Alpha Jet and Xingu. They are all fine planes. I also fly the old Piper Cub for the air cadets. It has a nice vintage aspect which reminds of everything I love about the C130.