Six C-130 Hercules fly over Metro Atlanta during drill weekend

A six-ship C-130 Hercules formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., flies over downtown Atlanta on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

A six-ship C-130 Hercules formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., flies over downtown Atlanta on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

C-130s from the 94th Airlift Wing travel down the ramp at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. after a formation flight on July 9, 2016. The formation's flight path traversed over the metro Atlanta area and gave the wing's Airmen a chance to showcase their skills in view of the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

C-130s from the 94th Airlift Wing travel down the ramp at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. after a formation flight on July 9, 2016. The formation's flight path traversed over the metro Atlanta area and gave the wing's Airmen a chance to showcase their skills in view of the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

A formation of C-130 Hercules from the 700th Airlift Squadron take off from the flightline of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing formation conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

A formation of C-130 Hercules from the 700th Airlift Squadron take off from the flightline of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing formation conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Six C-130s from the 94th Airlift Wing fly over Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. during a formation flight on July 9, 2016. The formation's flight path traversed over the metro Atlanta area and gave the wing's Airmen a chance to showcase their skills in view of the local community.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

Six C-130s from the 94th Airlift Wing fly over Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. during a formation flight on July 9, 2016. The formation's flight path traversed over the metro Atlanta area and gave the wing's Airmen a chance to showcase their skills in view of the local community.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Abernethy)

A six-ship C-130 Hercules formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., flies over downtown Atlanta on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

A six-ship C-130 Hercules formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., flies over downtown Atlanta on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft sits on the flightline of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. on July 9, 2016. The 700th Airlift Squadron completed proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren Douglas)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft sits on the flightline of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. on July 9, 2016. The 700th Airlift Squadron completed proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren Douglas)

Aircrew from the 700th Airlift squadron prepare to land at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., after the Hercs Over Atlanta mission on July 9, 2016. The exercise was executed to fly proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren Douglas)

Aircrew from the 700th Airlift squadron prepare to land at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., after the Hercs Over Atlanta mission on July 9, 2016. The exercise was executed to fly proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren Douglas)

A six-ship C-130 Hercules formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., flies over downtown Atlanta on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

A six-ship C-130 Hercules formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., flies over downtown Atlanta on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

C-130 Hercules from the 700th Airlift Squadron take off in formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing formation conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

C-130 Hercules from the 700th Airlift Squadron take off in formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., on July 9, 2016. The 94th Airlift Wing formation conducted proficiency training missions over downtown Atlanta and much of the metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Those around the metro Atlanta area were treated to a unique view as six-ship C-130 formation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia took to this skies for a training exercise July 9.

The aircraft took off here at 10:30 a.m. and flew south toward the downtown area before turning north tracking the Interstate 75 corridor until reaching the Lake Acworth area and returned, landing at Dobbins ARB in the early afternoon.

“For efficiency, we normally fly one or two planes together at once; however, there is value in exerting maximum effort to fully tax the operations and maintenance crews,” explained Lt. Col. Thomas Moffatt, 700th Airlift Squadron director of operations, about the flight.

Reports came in from across the metro of residents watching the formation and expressing their admiration and gratitude.

“My dad used to take me to the runway on U.S. Highway 41 many years ago to just sit and watch the planes,” said Chris MacCullen, Cobb County resident. “There is something just so beautiful about seeing the C-130 flying over your head.”

Many enjoy watching the single aircrafts fly, so six overhead was an added bonus.

“Great seeing one on a given day, but six, what an amazing site to see,” exclaimed Laura Sechi, Atlanta metro resident.

The flight may have even inspired future Airmen.

“”We caught a few photos when you flew over Mairetta,” said Shannon Heiling, Cobb County resident. “My 20-month-old was pretty excited.”
Some area residents missed the opportunity and hope to see it happen again.

“Fly again tonight, please,” said Andrea Oelberg. “Those of us who work days didn’t get to see the flight.”

Moffat highlighted the community tie to this special event.

“The flight crews were comprised of Citizen Airmen,” he said. ”They’re your friends and neighbors who live and work here in the community while also serving the country as Air Force traditional reservists.”