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Boeing Announces Herc Extension Program: During a briefing at this week's Farnborough Air Show, Boeing announced a new program designed to extend the service life of the Air Force's premier tactical airlifter--the C-130 Hercules--for up to 30 years. The Total Life Extension program will address some of the airlifters modernization needs, such as avionics, structures and systems, according to company officials. A key part of the program includes the patent-pending Center Wing Box solution, an avionics package that would bring the CWB up to modern aviation standards--and could be installed without having to remove the box from its structure, Boeing claims.