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This C-130 was photographed on approach to Ellington Field (EFD), Texas.

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What are the protruding, truss-supported bars aft of and below the wing?

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There's an airshow coming up in ~3 weeks at EFD, so it may have something to do with that, especially considering the fancy underwing paint job.

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    $\begingroup$ One word: chemtrails. Sometimes extra chemicals need to be spread, so they hook up the sprayer. $\endgroup$ – Pheric Oct 1 at 6:26
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    $\begingroup$ You must live really close to me. I saw that guy doing patterns Sunday afternoon $\endgroup$ – Tristan Oct 1 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ I am fortunate to live in the neighborhood just SE of EFD, so we get the free airshow all the time. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Oct 1 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Tristan it's flying again today. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Oct 10 at 16:50
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    $\begingroup$ Saw it flying patterns again on Sunday 12/1. Dude was LOW over my house $\endgroup$ – Tristan Dec 3 at 15:27
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It is a civilian owned C-130 Hercules used for aerial spraying operations. It is owned by the International Air Response company based out of Mesa, AZ.

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The aircraft is equipped with a RIDSS spray system for use in things like oil spill response (for spraying dispersants). You can read more about the system here.

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