A fine but very grey KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refueling aircraft in take-off from Madison. I really love watching and photographing the Hercules, all variants, but the sound of the Juliet is terrible. The most modern engine noise does simply not fit with the looks.
Wisconsin is known as the Badger state, and Truax Field, home of the 176th Fighter Squadron, is situated very close to the capital of the State, Madison. So the Air National Guard squadron proudly wear a Badger tail design and a red Madison fintip, both to show respect to the State and Capital. In the ready room of the squadron, a taxidermy Badger can be found. And the tradition is that a pilot touches this Badger before every flight.