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Lockheed Martin C130 Hercules

Tactical transport aircraft

C-130 Hercules

The current Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules represents the state-of-the-art in airlifters

Entered service 1956
Crew 4 - 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 29.79 m
Wing span 40.41 m
Height 11.84 m
Weight (empty) 34.2 t
Weight (maximum take off) 79.3 t
Engines and performance
Engines 4 x Rolls-Royce Allison AE 210D3 turboprops
Engine power 4 x 4 591 shp
Maximum speed 721 km/h
Service ceiling 10.6 km
Ferry range 5 250 km
Range with maximum payload ~ 3 800 km
Maximum payload 18.9 t
Passengers and cargo 92 troops, or 64 paratroopers, or 74 litters plus two medical attendants; other loads include light/medium towed artillery pieces, wheeled or tracked vehicles or standard pallets


   The Lockheed Martin C130 Hercules was first flown in 1954. Currently is the West's most popular and widely used military transport aircraft. It is in service with more than 60 operators worldwide. In many cases the C-130 is the largest cargo aircraft in their inventory. Deliveries began in 1956. As of 2015 type has been in production for a whooping 61 years. By 2015 a total of 2 500 of these airlifters have been built. So the Hercules is one of the toughest, most adaptable and significant military transport aircraft in the world.

   This aircraft was originally intended for troop/cargo transportation and medical evacuation. The C130 Hercules can carry 92 passengers, 72 fully equipped troops or 64 paratroopers.

   This airlifter made its name for reliability. The C130 Hercules is capable of short takeoffs and landings from unprepared runways.

   Throughout most of its career the basic airframe of the C130 has changed very little. A versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of roles. A number of specialized variants emerged. These include search and rescue, reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, gunship, refueller, maritime patrol and firefighting. A stretched-fuselage option is available. Over 40 models of the C130 were built. The most important variants are mentioned below.


Some variants of the C130 Hercules:


   C130A initial production model. These airlifters served through the Vietnam War;

   C130B improved model, introduced in 1959. It had uprated engines, new propellers and increased fuel capacity;

   C130D aircraft equipped or retrofitted with giant skis. These were essentially the C130A models;

   C130E extended range model, fitted with external fuel tanks. It also had more powerful engines and upgraded avionics. This model entered service in 1962 (491 built);

   C130F, C130G and KC-130F aerial refueling tankers, fitted with removable fuel tanks inside the cargo compartment;

   C130H improved model, fitted with updated engines and improved avionics. Its deliveries commenced in 1964 and it remains the workhorses of the USAF's tactical transport fleet. This variant is also operational with most European air arms (1 089 built);

   C130J Super Hercules, the latest production and much improved variant, fitted with new engines and avionics. It is in service with the United Kingdom as the Hercules C.5;

   C130K an export model to the United Kingdom. Locally it is referred as the Hercules C.1;

   HC130N/P long-range search and rescue variant, used by the US Air Force;

   AC130 gunship;

   DC130 drone control aircraft;

   EC130 electronic warfare aircraft;

   MC130 Combat Talon special forces support aircraft;

   RC130 reconnaissance aircraft.


Video of the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft

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