C-130 Hercules

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global airlift
US$110 million
US$14,014 per hour
RR AE2100D3
4 - 4,591 hp. ea.
6 blade R391
75,560 lbs.
164,000 lbs.
3,000 gallons
4,551 cubic feet
47,000 lbs.
112 ft. 9 in.
132 ft. 7 in.
115 mph
410 mph
2,750 fpm
1,500 feet
1,500 feet
35,000 feet
3,340 miles

C-130 Hercules

C-130 Hercules

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.

To date over 2,600 C-130 aircraft of all types have been produced.

C-130 Hercules
C-130 Hercules

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.

C-130 Hercules
C-130 Hercules
In November of 1963 a C-130 landed on the carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) without use of arresting gear. The aircraft weighs the most and is the most massive aircraft to ever land aboard an aircraft carrier.
C-130 Hercules ASM King
C-130 Hercules
The C-130 Hercules from Jet Hanger International was built by Joseph King.  Their short kit builds to a 133 in. wingspan with a 100 in. length.  The fuselage is epoxy fiberglass and the wings are foam.  Featured are retracts, flaps, and an operating cargo door.  Engines can be from .60 to 1.08 two stroke or 1.20 to 1.55 four stroke.
Advanced Scale Models (ASM) C-130 Hercules is an ARF with a 100 in. wingspan that is 74 in. long.  Its fuselage is carbon reinforced fiberglass over wood and its wings are built up wood.  Engines can be .25 to .32 two cycle or .30 four cycle.
The Air Age Store has C-130 plans.  Wingspan is 102 in. and length is 75 in.  Engines can be from .19 to .25 two stroke.