YouTube - C-130 Hercules
Max Cruise Speed:
US$14,014 per hour
4 - 4,591 hp. ea.
6 blade R391
4,551 cubic feet
112 ft. 9 in.
132 ft. 7 in.
The C-130 Hercules, built by Lockheed, can operate from rough dirt strips and is the prime transport of the West for parachuting troops and equipment.
The four engine cargo hauler has been used for airlift support, DEW Line, Arctic supply missions air medical missions, aerial spraying, air tanker, and a host of other missions.
It remains in production over fifty years after its first flight. C-130 Hercules airplanes have accumulated over 30 million flight hours.
Compared with earlier models, the latest C-130 Hercules version, the Model J, has a 21 percent higher top speed and a 50% increased rate of climb. It has 40% more range and can cruise at a 40% higher altitude than prior models.
The Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprops of the Model J feature 15% better fuel efficiency while having 29 percent additional thrust. Its six bladed propellers are lighter and have fewer moving parts.
In the cockpit there are liquid crystal display (LCD) instruments for all major aircraft functions. The pilot and copilot use two holographic head-up displays and four multifunction head-down LCD displays. All displays are night vision imaging system compatible. There are dual redundancy mission computers which provide system diagnostics.
In September of 2018 Germany announced that they will purchase six C-130 Hercules aircraft including spares, maintenance and training for three years at a cost of US$1.14 billion. It is intended that the aircraft will be based In Evreux, France as part of a joint German-French squadron. Within the squadron there will be the ability for the exchange of aircraft, air crews and support functions. Missions of the C-130 aircraft will include air-to-air refueling, the transportation of persons plus cargo and air drops.
On Oct. 9, 2018 it was announced that OGMA, a subsidiary of Embraer, entered into an agreement worth some US$99 million with the Brazilian Air Force to provide overhaul, rebuilding, modification, testing and maintenance for twelve C-130 Hercules aircraft, including two air tankers. The C-130 Hercules is the primary heavy transport aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force. Although OMGA is headquartered in Portugal, we do not know where or when the work will be performed at this time.
Oct. 28,2019: The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded Lockheed US$12,437,030 for “long term sustainment (LTS) for France's C-130 aircraft. Critical components of LTS support include program management support; spares, supply support services; support equipment; diminishing manufacturing sources, sustaining engineering services, sustaining engineering/technical services, field services representatives (FRS), logistics service representatives, contract field team, FSR deployment/travel, technical order updates; technical order print and distribution; country standard time compliance technical orders; depot maintenance; aircraft modifications; and data and configuration management programs.” Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 1, 2023.
To date over 2,600 C-130 aircraft of all types have been produced.
One of the most capable of all air tanker aircraft, the C-130 Hercules is used by numerous agencies. It is equipped with MAFFS, Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System. The system is designed to quickly convert the aircraft in to an air tanker. It consists of a total of seven components aboard the aircraft plus a ground based air compressor. It is capable of being installed in about 120 minutes. Replenishment of compressed air and retardant is accomplished in a little over 15 minutes. The MAFFS on board system holds 3,000 gallons which can be delivered in 6 to 8 seconds.