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A C-130 Hercules takes off from Pope AFB, NC  on Tuesday, May 9, 2000.  The C-130 and it's crew are deployed to Pope AFB to participate in Airlift Rodeo 2000. During Rodeo 2000, teams from all over the world compete in areas including airdrop, aerial refueling, aircraft navigation, special tactics, short field landings, cargo loading, engine running on/offloads, aeromedical evacuations and security forces operations.  From May 6 to 13, more than 80 aircraft representing more than 100 teams from 17 countries will bring in about 3,500 competitors, observers, umpires, and support people to Pope AFB, NC. U. S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt Jeffrey Allen

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